Planet of Slums

Planet of Slums

by Mike Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844671607

ISBN-13: 9781844671601

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: Verso Books

According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South. In this book, Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. He traces the global trajectory of informal settlement from the 1960s "slums of hope," through urban poverty's "big bang" during the debt decades of the…  See more details below

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According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South. In this book, Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. He traces the global trajectory of informal settlement from the 1960s "slums of hope," through urban poverty's "big bang" during the debt decades of the 1970s and 1980s, down to today's unprecedented megaslums like Cono Sur, Sadr City and the Cape Flats. From the sprawling barricadas of Lima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnected from industrialization, even economic growth. Planet of Slums ends with a meditation on the "war on terrorism" as an incipient world war between the American empire and the slum poor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844671601
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
245,775
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1The urban climacteric1
2The prevalence of slums20
3The treason of the state50
4Illusions of self-help70
5Haussmann in the tropics95
6Slum ecology121
7SAPing the third world151
8A surplus humanity?174
Epilogue : down Vietnam street199

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