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Planet Of Slums
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Verso Books
Publication date March 1, 2006
Pages 228
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781844670222
ISBN-10 1844670228
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $24.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
An exploration of modern-world urbanization cites a concerning rise in slum life that currently accounts for nearly one-fifth of the world's population, arguing that urban populations are disconnected and exempt from the formal world economy and may represent an explosive convergence of ethnic, religious, and political unrest.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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, even 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 original development unforeseen by either classical Marxism or neoliberal theory.

Are the great slums, as a terrified Victorian middle class once imagined, volcanoes waiting to erupt? Davis provides the first global overview of the diverse religious, ethnic, and political movements competing for the souls of the new urban poor. He surveys Hindu fundamentalism in Bombay, the Islamist resistance in Casablanca and Cairo, street gangs in Cape Town and San Salvador, Pentecostalism in Kinshasa and Rio de Janeiro, and revolutionary populism in Caracas and La Paz.Planet of Slums ends with a provocative meditation on the “war on terrorism” as an incipient world war between the American empire and the new slum poor.

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Hardcover
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from Verso Books (March 1, 2006)
9781844670222 | details & prices | 228 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.00
About: An exploration of modern-world urbanization cites a concerning rise in slum life that currently accounts for nearly one-fifth of the world's population, arguing that urban populations are disconnected and exempt from the formal world economy and may represent an explosive convergence of ethnic, religious, and political unrest.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781784786618 Book cover for 9781844671601
 
Reprint edition from Verso Books (October 4, 2016)
9781784786618 | details & prices | 228 pages | List price $16.95
About: The classic, brilliant, best-selling account of the rise of the world’s slums, where, according to the United Nations, one billion people now liveAccording to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South.
Reprint edition from Verso Books (September 30, 2007)
9781844671601 | details & prices | 228 pages | 4.75 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $19.95
About: According to the united nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South.

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