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Title: Road crashes involving Hiace vans in Cape Verde
Author: Horta, Gerard, 1962-
Keywords: Transport urbà
Accidents de trànsit
Antropologia urbana
Cap Verd
Urban transportation
Traffic accidents
Urban anthropology
Cabo Verde
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2017
Publisher: University of Hradec Králové
Abstract: Based on ethnographic research carried out on the islands of Santiago and São Vicente in the fall months of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015, this article analyzes the social universe of interurban collective transport in Cape Verde. Its focus is the Toyota Hiace van, employed on certain islands of the archipelago since the mid-1980s, and it approaches the multi-causality of road crashes involving these vehicles through participatory observation made while inside them, in addition to conversations and interviews with passengers, former passengers, driver-bosses and salaried van drivers, passengers, police officers and state transport employees, senior officials and so on. Thus, it studies the antagonistic experiences brought on by the use of space by motor vehicle drivers, their passengers and pedestrians themselves. The different explanations for the causes of road crashes fit into the framework of urban transformation processes at work on the island, mobility and social dimensions of all kinds: van drivers' working conditions; pavement condition, road signage and lighting; the planning of van operation by the public administration; the driving supervision by police officers on the roads (or lack thereof), the van's technical conditions; the symbolic status of drivers; road culture and motorized driving culture in Cape Verde, etc. In short, all these factors interrelate through the daily experience of van travel by Cape Verdeans.
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It is part of: Modern Africa. Politics, History and Society, 2017, vol. 5, num. 1, p. 83-107
ISSN: 2336-3274
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