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Planet of Slums (Essential Mike Davis)

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Planet of Slums (Essential Mike Davis)

By  Mike Davis
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The “profound . . . brilliant” account of the rise of the world’s slums and the failures of modern urbanization—by the world’s leading urbanist (Arundhati Roy, activist and Booker Prize–winning author)

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.

Mike Davis is the author of several books including City of Quartz, The Monster at Our Door, Buda’s Wagon, and Planet of Slums. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award. He lives in San Diego.

ISBN: 9781784786618

ISBN-10: 9781784786618

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 01/17/2017 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/17/2017 - 12:00am

Pages: 240

Language: English

Categories

Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development

Social Science / Developing & Emerging Countries

Social Science / Poverty & Homelessness