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Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa

Lindsey B. Green-Simms


Postcolonial Automobility discusses how the automobile, with its promise of autonomous, unfettered mobility is a paradigmatic object through which one can assess the pleasures, dangers, and limits of global modernity in West Africa. Though automobile ownership is among the lowest in the world and accident rates are some of the highest, automobility in West Africa remains a powerful discourse about the construction of the modern self and about the ways that global African citizens inhabit their world. Exploring an array of cultural texts –plays, novels, films and videos – the author makes palp ... More

Keywords: Automobility, Postcolonial, Globalization, Global Modernity, African cinema, Nollywood, Cars, West Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781517901141
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517901141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsey B. Green-Simms, author
American University