Transforming Innovations in Africa. Explorative Studies on Appropriation in African societies

Transforming innovationsAfrica abounds with examples of material and immaterial innovations that were envisaged, developed and designed elsewhere yet came to be innovatively and sometimes unexpectedly ransformed in Africa. The authors in this volume explore how external innovations (products, technologies, services, institutions and processes) have been appropriated in African societies in order to be acceptable and relevant to local conditions, expectations and demands. Written from different disciplinary perspectives, the chapters demonstrate the depth and richness of innovation in Africa with, in some cases, surprising outcomers. The case studies presented are on subjects as diverse as the wine industry, trading stores, land reforms, washing powder, M-Pesa, cassava, weddings, international borders, guest houses, urban water supply, car technology, shallow wells, and railways and blacksmithing.

African Dynamics 11
ISBN 1568-1777

Author(s) / editor(s)

J.B. Gewald, A. Leliveld & I. Pesa (eds.)

How to order

To be ordered directly at Brill Publishers.