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Mobility at the Margins: Experiments & Exploitation in Public Transport in Abidjan

Title
Mobility at the Margins: Experiments & Exploitation in Public Transport in Abidjan
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Jacob Doherty # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
25th Sep 2019 16:00 - 25th Sep 2019 17:30
Location
Seminar rooms 1&2, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2019_2020/mobility_at_the_margins_experiments_and_exploitation_in_public_transport_in_abidjan

As huge investments in urban mega projects seek to remake African cities, smaller experiments are taking places at the margins as artisanal transport systems integrate new means of mobility and adapt to changing patterns of urban settlement. This seminar will present recent research from Abidjan on the emergence of three-wheeled moto-taxis in three peripheral neighbourhoods. Dubbed Saloni, after a popular Indian soap opera, this system manifests a shift away from the second-hand mobility of “France au-revoir” vehicles to new modes of south-south entrepreneurial exchange and experimentation. Analysing the complex territorial regulatory-racketeering context in which this system has emerged, this seminar situates these private experiments in public transport within the historical structure of labour organization and exploitation that has taken root in Abidjan since the collapse, in the 1980s, of the city’s public bus company. The presentation concludes with three possible future trajectories for the saloni: integration, criminalization, and decarbonisation.

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