Planet of Slums (Google eBook)

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Verso Books, Sep 17, 2007 - Political Science
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Accordingto the united nations, more than one billion people now live in theslums of the cities of the South. In this brilliant and ambitious book,Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosivelyunstable urban world. From the sprawling barricadas ofLima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnectedfrom industrialization, and even from economic growth. Davis portrays a vasthumanity warehoused in shantytowns and exiled from the formal worldeconomy. He argues that the rise of this informal urban proletariat isa wholly unforeseen development, and asks whether the great slums, as a terrified Victorian middle class onceimagined, are volcanoes waiting to erupt.
  

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Contents

1 The Urban Climacteric
1
2 The Prevalence of Slums
20
3 The Treason of the State
50
4 Illusions of SelfHelp
70
5 Haussmann in the Tropics
95
6 Slum Ecology
121
7 SAPing the Third World
151
8 A Surplus Humanity?
174
Down Vietnam Street
199
Acknowledgements
207
Index
209
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About the author (2007)

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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