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Death on the lifeline: The perceptions of Mumbai’s commuters to high-density-related risk

journal contribution
posted on 26.07.2018, 00:00 by Lily Hirsch, Kirrilly Thompson, Verna Blewett, Danielle Every
Mumbai's (India) suburban rail system has the world’s most densely crowded trains (Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd, 2013) and risks to passengers’ safety and security are high. While a number of papers and reports analyse threats to passenger security from a government or policy perspective, there is a dearth of literature about the impact of hostile intent on the individuals who form the crowd. Using data from a larger project on passenger perceptions of crowdedness in high-density rail situations, this article examines passenger perceptions of risk and security in Mumbai. These include the socio-criminal risks of pickpocketing and molestation, the design-associated risk of falling from the moving train, and the wider politically motivated risk of terrorism. In particular, we consider the physical and psychological methods that passengers employ to mitigate these risks. This provides an unprecedented understanding of how risk is incorporated in everyday behaviour on trains.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

29

Issue

1

Start Page

72

End Page

86

Number of Pages

15

eISSN

1743-4645

ISSN

0955-1662

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Security Journal

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