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Bottleneck: Moving, Building, and Belonging in an African City

Caroline Melly


Drawing on long-term ethnographic research, this book examines the emergence of mobility as an enduring and elusive collective value in contemporary Dakar, Senegal. It takes the concept of embouteillage (bottleneck)—a term used primarily to describe the city’s proliferating traffic jams, but also frustrated migration itineraries, tedious bureaucratic lags, overcrowded residential neighborhoods, overburdened infrastructures, the trickle of investment funds, and the scarcity of foreign visas—as both a concrete point of departure and as a theoretical lens for making sense of everyday life and pol ... More

Keywords: Migration, Urban Space, Mobility, Transnationalism, Structural Adjustment, Infrastructure, Africa, Senegal, Citizenship, State

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226488875
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226489063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Melly, author
Smith College