Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World

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Knopf Canada, Oct 4, 2011 - Cities and towns - 384 pages
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From one of Canada's leading journalists comes a major book about how the movement of populations from rural to urban areas on the margins is reshaping our world. These transitional spaces are where the next great economic and cultural boom will be born, or where the great explosion of violence will occur. The difference depends on our ability to notice.

The twenty-first century is going to be remembered for the great, and final, shift of human populations out of rural, agricultural life into cities. The movement engages an unprecedented number of people, perhaps a third of the world's population, and will affect almost everyone in tangible ways. The last human movement of this size and scope, and the changes it will bring to family life, from large agrarian families to small urban ones, will put an end to the major theme of human history: continuous population growth.

Arrival City offers a detailed tour of the key places of the "final migration" and explores the possibilities and pitfalls inherent in the developing new world order. From villages in China, India, Bangladesh and Poland to the international cities of the world, Doug Saunders portrays a diverse group of people as they struggle to make the transition, and in telling the story of their journeys -- and the history of their often multi-generational families enmeshed in the struggle of transition -- gives an often surprising sense of what factors aid in the creation of a stable, productive community.


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ARRIVAL CITY: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping Our World

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Incisive study of worldwide rural-to-urban migration, its complex social mechanisms and the consequences of institutional neglect.Globe and Mail European bureau chief Saunders reveals how responses to ... Read full review

Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World

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A rural to urban migration is playing out now around the world, driven by a desire to escape rural poverty for an opportunity to attain urban middle-class status. London-based journalist Saunders ... Read full review

Contents

ARRIVAL CITIES AND THEIR VILLAGES
2
THE LIVES OF THE NEW CITY
37
ARRIVING AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID
76
THE URBANIZATION OF THE VILLAGE
101
HOW THE WEST ARRIVED
130
THE DEATH AND LIFE 0F A GREAT ARRIVAL CITY
161
WHEN THE MARGINS EXPLDDE
197
THE NEW CITY CDNFRDNTS THE OLD WORLD
229
MUD FLDDR TD MIDDLE CLASS
261
1D ARRVNG IN STYLE
289
THE ARRIVAL CITY REVDLUTIDNS
315
NDTES
333
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
353
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About the author (2011)

DOUG SAUNDERS is the European Bureau Chief of the Globe and Mail and the author of a popular and award-winning column devoted to intellectual ideas and social developments behind the news. He has won four National Newspaper Awards. He is based in London, England.


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