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Will Rollason, “Motorbike People: Power and Politics on Rwandan Streets” (Lexington Books, 2020) (2020)

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Will Rollason is senior lecturer of anthropology at Brunel University London. He’s written a fascinating book titled Motorbike People: Power and Politics on Rwandan Streets (Lexington Books, 2020). Will’s book is an ethnography of taxi-moto drivers in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. Not only is his book a rich account of the everyday lives of motorcylists’ (motari) everyday lives, Will’s research challenge anthropological understanding of the concept of power and its relationship to culture. He argues that the concept of power is too expansive, too all-encompassing to provide explanations of how “power” operates in a given culture. Will finds that there is dearth of understanding in the social sciences, leading to a conceptual inability to engage in questions of justice and make common cause with the oppressed.

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Authors & Contributors
Zhang, Junhua
Woesler, Martin
Sinnreich, Aram
Dunbar-Hester, Christina
Dannenberg, Roger B.
Wittkower, D. E.
Journals
History and Technology
New Media & Society
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Research in Philosophy and Technology
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society
Social Studies of Science
Publishers
University Press
University of Massachusetts Press
University of California Press
Welcome Books
University California, Davis
Lexington Books
Concepts
Technology and culture
Ethnography
Technology and music
Music
Technology and politics
Popular culture
People
Boas, Franz
Murdoch, George Peter
Latour, Bruno
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
Places
United States
China
Andes
South America
Peru
Great Britain
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