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Joshua Ramisch

University of Ottawa
Assoc. Professor
University of Ottawa
“We make others wait now”: Motorcycles, masculinity, and metaphors on the road to development in Kenya



ABSTRACT:

The liberalization of the motorcycle import market in Kenya in 2010 has facilitated a dramatic increase in their numbers on the roads. For many rural men, particularly youth without prospects of inheriting land, motorcycles offer a financially attractive alternative to bicycles in running boda boda (cycle taxi) services, which have become common in both rural and urban contexts. Using ethnographic data from Nairobi and coastal Kenya, the boda boda riders’ accounts illustrate how this livelihood weaves together rural and urban lives, while asserting interstitial claims to the Kenyan roadscape, one of the country’s most visible symbols of modernity and development. More crucially, these narratives contest the literature’s claims about “failed” masculinities in the context of stagnant rural development, by illustrating how new forms of accumulation and identity-creation are challenging generational and gender relationships in Kenya.
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