Everyone needs to know about the issue of over-population which this book describes. Vast and increasing slum communities are the result. The book paints vivid mini-pictures of some of them including some unusual situations. Egyptian tombs which have become slum dwellings. Rural fisherman who communities have been swamped by expanding slums and have been cut off from the fishing ground by a motorway. These are the more curious examples. Most slums are simply sub-human and growing rapidly.
The book appears to provide no answers except a very brutal one. I have to confess that I didn’t read to the end. I gave up when I realised that it was going nowhere. There must be things that can be done such as birth control to try to reverse the situation. The only solution offered is that armies need to be trained in guerrilla combat to put down inevitable slum uprisings.
This book offers no hope. A more creative mind is needed to address of our Planet of Slums.
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"In this trenchantly argued book, Mike Davis quantifies the nightmarish mass production of slums that marks the contemporary city. With cool indignation, Davis argues that the exponential growth of slums is no accident but the result of a perfect storm of corrupt leadership, institutional failure, and IMF-imposed Structural Adjustment Programs leading to a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich. Scourge of neo-liberal nostrums, Davis debunks the irresponsible myth of self-help salvation, showing exactly who gets the boot from 'bootstrap capitalism.' Like the work of Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and Lincoln Steffans over a century ago, this searing indictment makes the shame of our cities urgently clear." Michael Sorkin "A profound enquiry into an urgent subject ... a brilliant book." Arundhati Roy
About the Author
Mike Davis is the author of several books including "Planet of Slums," "City of Quartz," "Ecology of Fear," "Late Victorian Holocausts," and "Magical Urbanism." He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa'aloa, Hawaii.
- Language : English
- Paperback : 228 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1784786616
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784786618
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Fails to offer any solutionsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2019
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Not for everyoneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2020
I'd say this is a good book if you're writing on/interested in the topic. It's not a pleasant or an easy read.
A great read even for non-academicsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2018
A great read even for non-academics. This provides a helpful insight into life in slums across the world and the socio-economic issues associated with them.
Four StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 January 2018
Interesting book with wide references
Fascinating if hard book to read.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 September 2013
Gives a detailed analysis of cities and slums in the world. The style is quite academic but is nonetheless very thought provoking to see how most of the rest of the "developed" world actually lives.
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