Planet of Slums

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Verso Books, Sep 17, 2007 - Political Science - 228 pages
13 Reviews

A celebrated urban historianís bestselling account of the global explosion of slums.

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, and even from 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 unforeseen development, and asks whether the great slums, as a terrified Victorian middle class once imagined, are volcanoes waiting to erupt.
  

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Review: Planet of Slums

User Review  - Corwin - Goodreads

Put quite simply, this is the most horrifying book I've read within the scope of my memory. It reeks of whatever foetid odors waft of out the city of Dis in Dante's hell, a future earth in which ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Mike Davis doesn't like you. You unwitting colluder with the atrocities of late-stage capitalism. That's right, child of the first world, the blood is on your hands. I read City of Quartz. I liked ... Read full review

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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