Planet of Slums

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Verso Books, Jan 17, 2017 - Cities and towns - 228 pages
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The classic, brilliant, best-selling account of the rise of the world's slums, where, according to the United Nations, one billion people now live

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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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Read for class. This is utterly terrifying and damning. These slums are the exemplification of hell. I have seen some of these slums myself, and can confirm, if only to a minor degree, some of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - paperloverevolution - LibraryThing

I'm not going to lie: this is dry. Really, really dry. I like dry, as a general rule, or at least it doesn't bother me - but this? Man. Maybe it's because the things he covers are so wrenchingly ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

MIKE DAVIS was a meat cutter and truck driver, as well as an activist for Students for a Democratic Society before starting his academic career. He won a MacArthur Fellowship award in 1998 and the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 2007. His many books on history and the city, including the bestselling City of Quartz, have been critically acclaimed across the world. In this new series we bring together his classic books in beautiful new editions.

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