“If I was king of India I would get all the horns out of cars.”: A qualitative study of sound in Delhi

Maria Patsarika, Tatjana Schneider, Michael Edwards

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Abstract

In this article we present an experimental sonic space—the mobile noise abatement pod (mNAP)—constructed and used over a two-week period in Delhi, India, during December 2014. The interdisciplinary project, involving a composer, designer, carpenter, development scholar, filmmaker, graphic designer and sociologist, sought to investigate how noise, including honking (one of the most prevalent sounds in Indian cities), is perceived. The fieldwork reveals noise to be a complex contextual, spatial and personal experience that is as much about habit as it is about identity and class, intimately related to economic inequality and inherently connected to social justice. The article suggests that attempts to reduce levels of noise need to take into account its meaning and position—by whom and how narratives of noise reduction are constructed and reproduced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-89
JournalInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date14 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • spatial experiment
  • noise pollution
  • honking
  • place identity
  • social class
  • inequality
  • Delhi
  • India

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