Planet of Slums

Planet of Slums

Book - 2006
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Mike Davis charts the expected global urbanization explosion over the next 30 years and points out that outside China most of the rest of the world's urban growth will be without industrialization or development, rather a 'peverse' urban boom in spite of stagnant or negative urban economic growth.
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2006.
ISBN: 9781844670222
Branch Call Number: 307.76/DAVIS
Characteristics: 228 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 07, 2018

Very enlightening book about the unintended and heartbreaking consequences of neoliberalism in the developing world. Depressing actually. The programs that started the downward spiral for the poor and lower middle class in the developing world have greatly benefitted the few wealthy and powerful. As a result, these programs are bolstered and increasingly entrenched by the powerful. The chance for a peaceful return to more reasonable levels of equity seem unlikely.

The book is very well done. Dr. Davis' hypothesis is very well supported. It is not my usual narrative non-fiction preference, so it took a little more work to read - but definitely worth the effort.

as a side note... I've recently seen more recent UN data on rates of infant mortality and extreme poverty that conflict with the trends shown in this book. Have things changed? Or maybe am I just comparing two different datasets. More research needed...

May 17, 2016

Throughout my Ph.D. studies in Political Science, I have read a lot of books - some mandatory, many by choice. This book was given to me as a mandatory reading, and still, it is by and far one of the best books I have read that captures - quite vividly - the impacts and limitations of global capitalism. A highly recommended read, even for those whose interests fall outside of 'development' or 'global politics'.


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