The socio-cultural impact of the introduction of motorbike taxis in the rural community of Tombel, South West region, Cameroon

NKEDE NJIE, LAWRENCE (2012) The socio-cultural impact of the introduction of motorbike taxis in the rural community of Tombel, South West region, Cameroon. Masters thesis, The University of Yaoundé 1.

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      Abstract

      “The socio-cultural impact of the introduction of motorbike taxis in the rural community of Tombel, South West region, Cameroon” seeks to bring out the impact of commercial motorbike taxis on the lifestyle of the Bakossi. The principal objective of this research is to show how the introduction of motorbike taxis has modified the lifestyle of the Tombel population. This anthropological research defines the profile of a motorbike taxi rider, his role in society, the perception of the population towards this activity and the impact of this activity on the lifestyle of the rural population of Tombel. This study reveals that motorbike taxi riders are essentially made up of youths from all works of life who earn a living by riding a motorbike taxi on a daily bases for commercial purposes. The revenue earn here goes a long way to sustain the livelihood of the rider and his entourage, becoming an ascension tool into the social ladder. The activity is very dangerous not only for the riders buts also for the passengers because of the risks involved in riding for most of the riders do not have the basic knowledge of the road code. This research also reveals that motorbike taxi has become the preferred means of public transport of most inhabitants of Tombel to the point of monopolising certain destinations. The population of Tombel perceives this activity as an instrument of change that has brought development and progress. But this activity also constitutes a social ill because of the prevalent sexual promiscuity encouraged by the riders. This activity has also gotten a cultural impact on the society, changing perceptions and being involve in rituals. Motorbike taxis have become a force to reckon with in the organisation of the community. They are a “response from below” to the transport crises in Cameroon.

      Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
      Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropology,motorbike,benskin,okada,anthropologie,taxi,motorbike-taxi,rural,transport,impact,socio-cultural,bakossi,tombel,cameroon,cameroun,south west region,akoose,impact study,kupe muanenguba,nkede lawrence,lawrence nkede
      Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
      Divisions: Africa > Cameroon > Université de Yaoundé 1 (UY1) > Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines
      Depositing User: Lawrence Nkede Njie
      Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 13:53
      Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 13:53
      URI: http://eprints.campuce.org/id/eprint/50

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