South Asia

Organized Panel Session

2 - Precarious Ride-sharing: Quotidian Commutes in the Periphery

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

The auto-rickshaw is one of the first forms of motorised public transport to appear in urbanising neighbourhoods across the global south. It occupies a liminal position in the urban transport imaginary in India – not usually meant for private use, but, on the other hand, it considers other forms of public transport to be its main competitor. The ‘share-auto’ illuminates many aspects germane to a practice of the informal, particularly in the city ‘edge’. By examining the meaning and implications of the ‘sharing autos’ in the urban periphery this presentation deliberates on the conditions of precarity and informality that produce the contemporary city through the prism of urban transport. It also makes a case to rethink our definitions of what constitutes ‘public’ and ‘private’ in our cities, even as the state through the modality of ‘public-private-partnerships’ attempts its own re-definitions.

George Jose

NMIMS Mumbai, India

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