Planet of Slums by Mike Davis

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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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Mike Davis is the author of several books including 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.
Published September 17, 2007 by Verso. 228 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Planet of Slums by Mike Davis 240pp, Verso, £15.99 Hear this word, writes Mike Davis, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy ...

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London Review of Books

Doing away with the ‘artificial shortage of property rights’ in slums, Davis argues, will simply create new divisions between owners and non-owners, making the latter visible to government and adding a new pressure – taxation – to those that exist already: this seems to have been the case with pr...

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It may make for a more difficult read than Davis' justly celebrated Los Angeles books (City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear), but in many ways, this book's invitation to argument may be his most urgent yet.

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