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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027243

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027243.001.0001

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Transient Workspaces

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This book examines poaching as a historical example of the means and ways with which Africa's ordinary people engage in creative activities aimed at solving their problems and generating values relevant to their needs and aspirations. Throughout this book, “innovation” means the act of introducing something new, be it a method or a thing, either from scratch or from outside. Even in instances where that which ordinary people innovate upon and with is coming from outside, this book draws attention to the capacities people already have that enable them to import and deploy it. It uses indigenous hunting—a specific type of collective work that involves mobility—in Zimbabwe as a narrow path to a larger dialogue on the place of ordinary people in technology, viewing the villagers as the designers using cyanide as a resource to turn elephants into ivory for sale to markets and users in Asia and the rest of the world.

Keywords:   poaching, Africa, innovation, indigenous hunting, mobility, Zimbabwe, technology, cyanide, elephants, ivory

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