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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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Traffic Control: A Surveillance System for Unwanted Passengers

Traffic Control: A Surveillance System for Unwanted Passengers

(p.171) 8 Traffic Control: A Surveillance System for Unwanted Passengers
The Mobile Workshop

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This chapter takes the mobility discussion in a totally different direction—away from trains, from vanhu (humans) and means and ways as the central actors, to mhesvi subverting the transport systems that vanhu contrived. This is to further the thesis of this book—the idea of mhesvi as mobile workshop, this time as a passenger taking a ride on pedestrians, disabling ox wagon transport, riding on automobiles and on bicycles, and forcing vanhu to institute mechanisms and infrastructures of traffic control. On the surface, traffic might be interpreted as automobiles, bicycles, and foot movements—yet such movement is, at any other time, innocuous. What rendered it worth controlling was mhesvi, the real “traffic” that had to be controlled because it carried hutachiwana.

Keywords:   tsetse fly, mobility, mhesvi, transport systems, vanhu

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