Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Talk Pieces: Life in the Time of Coronavirus. #10 The Lockdown and the Crowd

by Pushpa Arabindoo (UCL)


13 July 2020

Welcome to the tenth podcast in our series ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’ in which Pushpa Arabindoo, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at UCL, explores the moral, social and pragmatic implications of lockdown. She looks especially at the specific case of the Koyambedu market complex in Chennai, dependent on crowds to function but also thought to be the hotspot of a third of Covid infections in the regional state of Tamil Nadu. What happens, she asks, when we juxtapose the moral authority of the lockdown with the moral economy of the crowd?

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  • Cover image: Koyambedu, Chennai, during Lockdown by Sai Sudharsan. Courtesy of Live from Worktown
  • Music: Smallhaus and the BBC Sound Archive
  • Speaker: Pushpa Arabindoo (UCL)
  • Producer and Editor: Albert Brenchat-Aguilar
  • Communications: Patricia Mascarell Llombart
  • Executive Producer: Tamar Garb