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Title:The art of truck modding on the Nile (Sudan): an attempt to trace creativity
Author:Beck, KurtISNI
Book title:The speed of change: motor vehicles and people in Africa, 1890-2000
Year:2009
Pages:151-174
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:repair shops
automobiles
innovations
Abstract:This chapter deals with the adaptation and modification of Western-made lorries in Sudan. It outlines how automobile workshops disassemble vehicles, mainly Bedford and Nissan trucks, rebuild them and adjust them to cope with the harsher conditions and requirements of goods and passenger transport in Sudan. This modding involves a highly sophisticated craft technology and the final product is a completely new truck that barely resembles the original. The chapter not only discusses the appropriation of a piece of industrial technology, but also the social organization of creativity involved. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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