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Transforming innovations in Africa : Explorative Studies on Appropriation in African Societies /
edited by Jan-Bart Gewald, André Leliveld, Iva Peša.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill Academic Pub 2012.
description
ix, 301 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; cm.
ISBN
9004245235 (pbk.), 9789004245235 (pbk.)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill Academic Pub 2012.
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9004245235 (pbk.)
9789004245235 (pbk.)
contents note
Introduction : transforming innovations in Africa : explorative studies on appropriation in African societies / Jan-Bart Gewald, André Leliveld & Iva Peša -- Who killed innovation in the Cape wine industry? : the story of a stuck fermentation c. 1930-1986 / Paul Nugent -- Entrepreneurship, colonial monetary economy and the limits of creativity : appropriating trading stores in Northern Namibia, 1925-1980 / Gregor Dobler -- Frugal innovation in Africa : tracking Unilever's washing-powder sachets / Cees van Beers, Peter Knorringa & André Leliveld -- Mobile cash for nomadic livestock keepers : the impact of the mobile phone innovation (M-Pesa) on Maasai pastoralists in Kenya / Marcel Rutten & Moses Mwangi -- From Gao : Sawaba and the politics of decolonization and insurrection in the Songhay zone of Mali and Niger (1957-1964) / Klaas van Walraven -- From self-help group to water company : the Wandiege community water supply project (Kisumu, Kenya) / Samuel O. Owuor & Dick Foeken -- 'It is time to start my own farm' : the unforeseen effects of two waves of resettlement on household formation in Zimbabwe / Marken Dekker & Bill Kinsey -- 'Cassava is our chief' : negotiating identity, markets and the state through cassava in Mwinilunga, Zambia / Iva Peša -- The social cocktail : weddings and the innovative mixing of competences in Botswana / Rijk van Dijk -- Of labradors and libraries : the transformation of innovation on a farm in Kibale, western Uganda / Jan-Bart Gewald -- Engine of change : a social history of the car-mechanics sector in the horn of Africa / Stefano Bellucci & Massimo Zaccaria -- Water innovations among the Maasai pastoralists of Kenya : the role of outside interventions in the performance of traditional shallow wells / Moses Mwangi & Marcel Rutten -- Stealing from the railways : Blacksmiths, colonialism and innovation in Northern Nigeria / Shehu Tijjani Yusuf -- List of authors.
catalogue key
8806365
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jan-Bart Gewald (PhD) is a historian at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. His research interest include the history of the social relationship between people and technology in Africa. He co-edited The Speed of Change: Motor Vehicles and People in Africa, 1890-2000 (Brill, 2009) with Sabine Luning and Klaas van Walraven. Andre Leliveld (PhD) is a development economist at the African Studies centre in Leiden. His research interests include (informal) insurance, and economic transformation and innovation in African economics. He co-edited Inside Poverty and Development in Africa: Critical Reflections on Pro-Poor Policies with Marcel Rutten and Dick Foeken (Brill, 2008). Iva Pea is a historian and is currently doing her PhD at Leiden University on the social history of Mwinilunga District in northwestern Zambia. Her interests include the changing patterns of (agricultural) production, consumption, labour migration and social relationships.
Summaries
Main Description
Africa abounds with examples of material and immaterial innovations that were envisaged, developed and designed elsewhere yet came to be innovatively and sometimes unexpectedly transformed in Africa. The authors in this volume explore how external innovations (products, technologies, services, institutions and processes) have been appropriated in African societies in order to the acceptable and relevant to local conditions, expectations and demands. Written from different disciplinary perspectives, the chapters demonstrate the depth and richness of innovation in Africa with, in some: cases, surprising outcomes. The case studies presented are on subjects as diverse as the wine industry, trading stores, land reforms, washing powder, M-Pesa, cassava, weddings, international borders, guest houses, urban water supply, car technology, shallow wells, and railways and blacksmithing. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Maps, figures, tables, boxes and photosp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: Transforming innovations in Africa; explorative studies on appropriation in African societiesp. 1
Who killed innovation in the Cape wine industry? The story of a stuck fermentation c. 1930-1986p. 17
Entrepreneurship, colonial monetary economy and the limits of creativity: Appropriating trading stores in Northern Namibia, 1925-1980p. 39
Frugal innovation in Africa: Tracking Unilever's washing-powder sachetsp. 59
Mobile cash for nomadic livestock keepers: The impact of the mobile phone innovation (M-Pesa) on Maasai pastoralists in Kenyap. 79
From Gao: Sawaba and the politics of decolonization and insurrection in the Songhay Zone of Mali and Niger (1957-1964)p. 103
From self-help group to water company: The Wandiege Community Water Supply Project (Kisumu, Kenya)p. 127
'It is time to start my own farm': The unforeseen effects of two waves of resettlement on household formation in Zimbabwep. 149
'Cassava is our chief': Negotiating identity, markets and the state through cassava in Mwinilunga, Zambiap. 169
The social cocktail: Weddings and the innovative mixing of competences in Botswanap. 191
Of labradors and libraries: The transformation of innovation on a farm in Kibale, western Ugandap. 209
Engine of change: A social history of the car-mechanics sector in the Horn of Africap. 237
Water innovations among the Maasai pastoralists of Kenya: The role of outside interventions in the performance of traditional shallow wellsp. 257
Stealing from the railways: Blacksmiths, colonialism and innovation in Northern Nigeriap. 275
List of authorsp. 297
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