How topsy-turvy can the world of mobility become? Th e London cab has
recently been revived by a Chinese automotive group,1 General Motors had
to be rescued by the American taxpayer, and BMW is converting its cars to
electricity. In Delhi, after a rape and murder of a woman in a bus, rickshaw
pullers introduced “safe for women” rickshaws.2 In Brazil riots against corruption
and poverty started in a bus, out of outrage at increased ticket prices.3 In
Rio de Janeiro there are three bus accidents per day, in part caused by drivers
racing against each other.4 How can we understand the plethora of confusing
messages from a world of mobility that seems to spin out of control, more
so with every new decade? New Mobility Studies tries to make sense of this
turbulence and as editors of Transfers we seek fresh approaches that are not
afraid of transgressing boundaries. Th is issue, in which we present scholarship
beyond the immediate reach of Western mainstream mobility studies, is
an example of such boundary crossing.
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