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Title: Livelihoods in motion: linking transport, mobility and income-generating activities
Authors: Esson, James
Gough, Katherine V.
Simon, David
Amankwaa, Ebenezer F.
Ninot, Olivier
Yankson, Paul W.K.
Keywords: Livelihoods
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: ESSON, J. ... et al., 2016. Livelihoods in motion: linking transport, mobility and income-generating activities. Journal of Transport Geography, 55, pp. 182-188.
Abstract: During the past decade, there has been an increased focus on mobility in the social sciences linked to the so-called ‘mobility turn’, which claims that as mobility is so pervasive it should not be viewed as a rupture in society but as a normal way of life. This is certainly the case in urban contexts of sub-Saharan Africa where mobility forms an integral part of livelihood and income-generating activities. Drawing on in-depth qualitative research conducted in Accra, the capital of Ghana, this paper explores the mobility of urban residents in differing parts of the city in relation to their livelihood strategies. Through illustrating the ways in which the mobility of urban residents is aided or hindered by Accra’s transport system, and by examining how this in turn influences their livelihood strategies, the paper contributes to an alternative new mobilities paradigm that is more considerate of, and builds upon insights from, the global South where such research has a longer pedigree than in the global North.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Transport Geography and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.06.020
Sponsor: This research is part of the ‘African Rural-City Connections’ (RurbanAfrica) research project. RurbanAfrica is funded by the European Union under the 7th Research Framework Programme (theme SSH), Grant Agreement no. 290732. More information can be found at: http://rurbanafrica.ku.dk/. In the field Mr Peter Mensah from the University of Ghana provided outstanding research assistance.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.06.020
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20664
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.06.020
ISSN: 1873-1236
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