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Le Mozambique des transports messagers : pouvoirs et savoirs des écritures exposées à Maputo

Abstract : In this paper, we will focus on the spontaneous use of free writing on modes of transportation in Mozambique, paying particular attention to those in the capital city, Maputo which represents 57.1% of the total number of vehicles circulating in Mozambique. Our corpus includes private vehicles, trucks, collective taxis. These modes of transportation are discursive spaces, in which ordinary citizens can express themselves without inhibition, giving a particular human dimension to the city. Transportation in Mozambique plays a double role: to allow people and goods to circulate freely, but also to allow languages and uncensored citizens’ voices to circulate freely. These discursive mobile spaces provide insights into social life: scenes of everyday life are featured, but also popular proverbs, or representations on a variety of themes (politics, family, tradition, poverty…). Examining these circulating discourses in Maputo reveals aspects of the contemporary history of the city and of the country, as told by ordinary citizens, through informal writing. It seems that, in Mozambique, urban transportation has taken over the role of the palaver tree in the village, since it has become a means of communication and transmission, a kind of social connection, a way to act and exist.
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Cesar Cumbe. Le Mozambique des transports messagers : pouvoirs et savoirs des écritures exposées à Maputo. Carnets de Recherches de l'océan Indien, Université de La Réunion, 2018, Varia. ⟨hal-02474942⟩



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