Planet of Slums

Planet of Slums

Paperback (08 Aug 2007) | English

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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 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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Book information

ISBN: 9781844671601
Publisher: Verso Books
Imprint: Verso
Pub date:
DEWEY: 307.76
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 262g
Height: 196mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 18mm