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Taken For A Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis

Matteo Rizzo


The growth of cities and informal economies are two central manifestations of globalization in the developing world. Taken for a Ride addresses both, drawing on long-term fieldwork in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and charting its public transport system’s journey from public to private provision. The book investigates this shift alongside the increasing deregulation of the sector and the resulting chaotic modality of public transport. It reviews state attempts to regain control over public transport, the political motivations behind these, and their inability to address its problems. The analysis ... More

Keywords: public transport, informal economy, urban studies, labour and class, neoliberalism, post-socialism, postcolonial theory, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matteo Rizzo, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies and Economics, SOAS, University of London