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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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Embouteillage and Its Limits

Embouteillage and Its Limits

(p.159) Conclusion Embouteillage and Its Limits

Caroline Melly

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion considers the adaptability and utility of the concept of embouteillage at other moments and in other places. It first argues that the bottleneck remained a culturally relevant and analytically powerful way of understanding life and policy in Dakar after the road projects were complete and the traffic has eased. It then moves beyond the African continent to ask how the concept of embouteillage might help us understand predicaments of governance, authority, and belonging unfolding on other terrains. Focusing in particular on bottlenecked lives and landscapes in the United States in the time of the Great Recession and widespread housing foreclosures, this chapter considers embouteillage as a framework that is at once expressly Senegalese and surprisingly flexible and adaptable. In doing so, the conclusion explores the generative possibilities that are opened up when insights gathered in Dakar are centralized as a normative and productive standard for understanding life lived elsewhere.

Keywords:   bottleneck, Great Recession, housing foreclosure, predicament, governance, authority, belonging, United States, Africa

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