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dc.contributor.authorOsei, E.A.*
dc.contributor.authorAdu-Gyamfi, Jones*
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-16T15:36:45Z
dc.date.available2016-12-16T15:36:45Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationOsei EA and Adu-Gyamfi J (2014) Truck pushers in Ghana: social misfits or urban transporters? In: Roscoe C (ed) Ghana: social, economic and political issues. New York: Nova publishers.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/10991
dc.descriptionyesen_US
dc.description.abstractLiterature on truck pushers stereotype these boys as social misfits, criminals and nuisance to society; often regarded as creating streetism. Much consideration has not been given to their contribution to the economy as well as what motivates these boys to go into truck pushing. This chapter outlines research with 30 (20 current and 10 former) truck pushers, 5 customers who patronised the services of the truck pushers were interviewed for their views on the services of the truck pushers. Finally, 5 kayayei (female head porters) at the market were interviewed to find out if the presence of kayayei in the market has affected the business of the truck pushers. The study found that the services provided by truck pushers especially to petty traders and other shoppers were indispensable because they provide cheap, readily available and customised service. Due to poor urban planning and deplorable road networks in Ghana, many areas are not accessible by motorised transport, hand pushed trucks have become the most useful and efficient means of transporting goods from the markets to bus terminals and on some occasions to customers’ homes and shops. The chapter argues that non-motorised transport to the informal sector cannot be overemphasised; therefore truck pushers should be seen as bridging a gap in urban transportation, instead of the social misfit label attached to them.en_US
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dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=50076en_US
dc.rights© 2014 Nova Science Publishers. Reproduced with permission from the publisher.en
dc.subjectGhana; Truck pushers; Boys; Young men; Motivation; Economic role; Transport role; Urban transportationen_US
dc.titleTruck pushers in Ghana: social misfits or urban transporters?en_US
dc.status.refereedyesen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.type.versionPublished versionen_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-25T15:48:34Z


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