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BottleneckMoving, Building, and Belonging in an African City$
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Caroline Melly

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226488875

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226489063.001.0001

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Making Mobility Matter

Making Mobility Matter

(p.27) One Making Mobility Matter

Caroline Melly

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 1 opens as youth clash with Senegalese gendarmes on the storied campus of Université Cheikh Anta Diop, their skirmish reportedly fueled by officers’ taunting reminders that the students’ credentials were of little value if not earned abroad. By situating this heated encounter—and the questions it raises about migration, citizenship, and governance in contemporary Dakar—within both urban space and historical context, this chapter argues that urbanites’ preoccupations with mobility and embouteillage are at once enduring and newly urgent. The remainder of the chapter touches down at key moments in Dakar’s colonial and postcolonial history to highlight how conceptions of citizenship became entangled through time with experiences of urban and global mobility, the built environment, and shifting forms of authority, thus setting the scene for the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   colonialism, postcolonialism, Dakar, Senegal, history, mobility, urban space, authority, citizenship, migration

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