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Planet of Slums

Planet of Slums

New edition of the classic, bestselling (100,000+ copies) worldwide survey of slums by the world's leading urbanist

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ISBN 9781784786618
Published 22 February 2017 by Verso Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Davis, Mike
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ISBN-13 9781784786618
ISBN-10 1784786616
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Verso Books
Imprint Verso Books
Publication Date 22 February 2017
International Publication Date 17 January 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Davis, Mike
Category Urban Communities
Poverty
Social Issues: Unemployment
Number of Pages 228
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 367g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 307.76
Catalogue Code 749917

Description of this Book

According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South. In this brilliant and ambitious book, Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. From the sprawling barricadas of Lima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnected from industrialization, even economic growth. Davis portrays a vast humanity warehoused in shantytowns and exiled from the formal world economy. He argues that the rise of this informal urban proletariat is a wholly original development unforeseen by either classical Marxism or neoliberal theory. Are the great slums, as a terrified Victorian middle class once imagined, volcanoes waiting to erupt? Davis provides the first global overview of the diverse religious, ethnic, and political movements competing for the souls of the new urban poor. He surveys Hindu fundamentalism in Bombay, the Islamist resistance in Casablanca and Cairo, street gangs in Cape Town and San Salvador, Pentecostalism in Kinshasa and Rio de Janeiro, and revolutionary populism in Caracas and La Paz. Planet of Slums ends with a provocative meditation on the war on terrorism as an incipient world war between the American empire and the new slum poor.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In this trenchantly argued book, Mike Davis quantifies the nightmarish mass production of slums that marks the contemporary city. With cool indignation, Davis argues that the exponential growth of slums is no accident but the result of a perfect storm of corrupt leadership, institutional failure, and IMF-imposed Structural Adjustment Programs leading to a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich. Scourge of neo-liberal nostrums, Davis debunks the irresponsible myth of self-help salvation, showing exactly who gets the boot from 'bootstrap capitalism.' Like the work of Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and Lincoln Steffans over a century ago, this searing indictment makes the shame of our cities urgently clear. Michael Sorkin A profound enquiry into an urgent subject ... a brilliant book. Arundhati Roy
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa'aloa, Hawaii.

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