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Arrive Alive: Road Safety in Kenya and South Africa

Lamont, Mark and Lee, Rebekah (2015). Arrive Alive: Road Safety in Kenya and South Africa. Technology and Culture, 56(2) pp. 464–488.

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This article is among the first historical considerations of road safety in Africa. It argues that race and class, as colonial dualisms, analytically frame two defining moments in the development of African automobility and its infrastructure-"Africanization" in the first decade of Kenya's political independence from Britain, 1963-75, and democratization in post-apartheid South Africa. We argue that recent road safety interventions in both countries exemplify an "epidemiological turn" influenced by public health constructions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. African states' framing of road safety in behaviorist terms has obscured larger debates around redressing the historical legacies of racialized access to roads and the technopolitics of African automobility. Civic involvement in road safety initiatives has tended to be limited, although the specter of road carnage has entered into the public imagination, largely through the death of high profile Africans. However, some African road users continue to pursue alternative, and often culturally embedded, strategies to mitigate the dangers posed by life "on the road."

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Society for the History of Technology
ISSN: 1097-3729
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
'Death in Africa, c. 1800 to present'Not SetAHRC
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 59567
Depositing User: Mark Lamont
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 15:18
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 01:02
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