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The Temporality of and Competition between Infrastructures

Taxis and E-Hailing in China

Jack Linzhou Xing

monthly active users in 2020, is the largest e-hailing company in China and the world. 1 Portraying itself as innovative and community-embracing, e-hailing has significantly challenged the market position of conventional taxis, which rely on drivers

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Lijiang stories: shamans, taxi drivers, and runaway brides in reform‐era China by Chao, Emily

Carolina Ivanescu

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A “becoming logistical” of anthropology?

Geoffrey Aung

. Owners of the map: Motorcycle taxi drivers, mobility, and politics in Bangkok . Oakland, CA: University of California Press. “But the chief thing about Melville's crew is that they work,” C. L. R James (1953: 29 ) wrote in the early 1950s, reflecting

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Life at a Tangent to Law

Regulations, ‘Mistakes’ and Personhood amongst Kigali’s Motari

Will Rollason

André Crashes a Motorbike André is a wily and experienced motorcycle taxi driver who has spent fifteen years driving without a license because he can neither read nor write. One night in 2015, at a bar in Kigali, Rwanda, he told me about an

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The Mistakes That Make People

Reconceptualizing Power and Resistance in Rwanda

Will Rollason

to account adequately for what happens in social life. I make this case based on ethnographic material I gathered during research on motorcycle taxi drivers in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. Motorcyclists are called motards (in French) or abamotari (in

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Book Reviews

Andrew Barnfield, Annika Lindberg, Aliou Ly, Liz Montegary, Michael Nattrass, Emma Park, Anna Plyushteva, Daniel Newman, Rebecca A. Adelman, Beth E. Notar, and Stephen Zigmund

they move by taxi or on foot. The author then exposes how, in the context of the lack of basic infrastructure, urbanites define citizenship and governmental leadership. Melly demonstrates that in the context of bad governance and infrastructure

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Vienna Is Vienna

A Book Review Essay

Albert H. Friedlander

When I travelled to Vienna in May, I carried Hella Pick’s new book in my shoulder pack. I needed it. Schizophrenia and paranoia are registered citizens there, which is only natural. After all, Freud, Jung, and Frankl found it the perfect place for their practice, even if they themselves were infected by Austria. (I think here of an incident which happened many years ago. Rabbi Dow Marmur wrote Viktor Frankl and asked him to speak in London. No reply. He phoned the great psychiatrist. ‘You spelled my first name with a c and my last name with an e,’ said the great man; ‘I will not come.’ And he hung up.) The hang-ups continue. As my taxi passed the statue of the great general, the driver turned to me and said in all seriousness: ‘We need another Prinz Eugen to save us from the Turks!’ I could not agree.

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Echoes of Colonial Logic in Re-Ordering “Public” Streets

From Colonial Rangoon to Postcolonial Yangon

Beth E. Notar, Kyaw San Min, and Raju Gautam

This article investigates three historical moments in Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) when the city has restricted certain forms of mobility. The first occurred in 1920, when British authorities restricted rickshaws pulled by Indian laborers. The second was in 1960, when the military “caretaker government” sought to sideline pedicabs and horse carts as part of an urban “cleanup” campaign. The third happened in 2017, when city authorities under a new democratic government sought to limit the number of taxis and allow digital ride-hailing services such as Uber and Grab to operate in the city. Despite three very different forms of government, the later discourses eerily echo the exclusionary logic that certain forms of migrant driven mobility need to be cleared away for more “modern” mobility.

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Interview with Paul Schrader

is perhaps best known for his screenplays for films directed by Martin Scorsese, including Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Bringing Out the Dead (1999). But he's written about two dozen

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“Our City is Ruined. Reason: Road Widening”

A Review Essay on New Mobility Studies, Social Sciences, and History

Gijs Mom

strategy, which bypasses the importance of the so-called informal economy and its mobility, and the struggle between the emerging middle-class car culture and that of rickshaws and the illegal motorcycle taxis. This struggle over ownership of urban space