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Here students lacked access to electricity and water, and instead of being able to attend school, they were forced to beg on the streets. This growth has been driven by a number of factors, including overall population growth, forced relocations, IMF and World Bank policies that have driven peasants off their land, refugee flight, and so on. Your senses are bombarded. Mike Davis apparently took those complaints about his slippery relationship to the truth to heart, because this slim book is loaded down with footnotes.

The situation seems hopeless, frankly, because the depth of poverty, and the variety of ways that people have found with coping with it, itself causes divisions among the poor that prevent them from taking effective collective action on their own behalf. Unfortunately, this book offers no hope or no policy solutions, only a bleak vision of an impoverished and chaotic future an appropriate question to ask though—is hope an appropriate timber of emotion when faced with the bleakness of the facts?

I’m not going to lie: Feb 26, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 19, Danee.

Just to give some perspective on this book And as if this weren’t enough, he goes on to tell you why even the most selfish of first worlders should care- because the Pentagon is already preparing for slum warfare, because of course the oppressed of the earth will rise up one day. Mar 25, Morgan rated it it was amazing. To get into some latrines you have to wade through rivers of urine and crap, as you do to get across the streets near them.

To the Finland Station The subject of ppaneta book doesn’t get very much mainstream media attention, other than the occasional tangential mention. See more popular or the latest prezis. He excels when talking about privatization efforts under SAP and neoliberalism’s push in the late 70s and onward. This is one planetx howl of rage, interspersed with shockingly brief lucid sections, followed by another info dump of ineffable horror.


Although quite short at just over pages, I found this book a little trying to get through.

Planet of Slums by Mike Davis

Modern is not necessarily a positive attribute. Dec 04, Dale rated it liked it Shelves: But this is not a folio of statistics and demographics; Davis is one of the few writers on cities that I’m aware of who understand that contemporary urbanization is different from the process that developed nations went through during the Victorian “Industrial Revolution. After the fall of the Jimenz dictatorship in Venezuela, Caracas saw ,! Urbanization was once an indicator of development, economically and socially.

The Sold The subject of this book doesn’t get very much mainstream media attention, other than the occasional tangential mention. People no longer move from the countryside to major cities in order to find good employment: Neoliberalism builds the garbage cities of Manila, the City of the Dead in Cairo, the great spiraling nightmare that is Kibera in Nairobi.

May 08, Aslihan rated it it was amazing.

I liked City of Quartz. This is also wh Ugh. Because what do you do with a number like fqvela I have seen some of these slums myself, and can confirm, if only to a minor degree, some of the horrors there. Squatters aren’t heroic figures on the cusp of achieving their dreams, but rather a deeply exploited underclass facing the dual oppression of illegitimacy in the eyes of the state as well as subjugation to a exploitative class of illegal shantytown landlords with either or both government or gang connections – a condition that has been going on, in some places, for generations.

Focusing on land titling and privatization, he raises the accurate, but sometimes overlooked fact, that when the state withdraws from its duty to its citizens, and then the citizen loses access to the private title to the land through lack of money, jobs to get money, etc. In that way, although it is very informative and a somewhat disorganized survey of the most prominent and desperate slums in the world, it is not really a “helpful” book. Fast forward to the first phase of the ‘Arab Spring’ in – Egypt, Tunisia, and perhaps davsi Libya on the grounds of massive urban unemployment: Recommended for anyone who wishes to despair for the state of humanity.

This from a horrifyingly informative sub-chapter titled “Living in Shit.

It is sort of overwhelming when one reads chapter after chapter on the enormous and growing slums of mikr world. Maybe it’s because the things he covers are so wrenchingly, horribly emotional and in order to get through it with any objectivity he had to cloak himself in boringness.


As far as I can tell from the book Davis never visited one of the slums he writes about, he never did any independent primary source research on any of them, and apparently he didn’t even bother to coordinate or fact-check many of the figures he tries to swamp the reader with. Except in this version, hell is not a pit of fire. He has eight different chapters describing a different aspect of why these slums are horrible beyond imagining, plus subdivisions into different shades of horrible so we don’t confuse each source of awful with another.

Universally critical of all governments, classes, NGOs and other international organizations, the author takes the stance that absolutely nobody really knows how to handle this problem and anything they do, even a strategy that produces local gains will in the end do nothing to fight and may even worsen the absolutely catastrophic dimensions of the problem.

This is favelz urbanization without industrialization looks like. In many Third World cities, renting in the slums is more profitable per square foot than it is in better-off neighborhoods: Davis offers no solutions.

Planet of Slums

Mike Davis writes about the situation of urban peripheral poverty in Third World Countries, illustrating their historical development and inhumane living situations sanitary and physical dangers aside, Davis writes of diminishing solidarity, growing exploitation and faveal governments have also pretty much abandoned them, instead opting to crimi I was very deeply impacted by this book—it left me crying pretty violently numerous times, both as I read it and afterwards when I thought of it.

Feb 12, Javier favis it really liked it. Unfortunately, there are no answers, but Davis provides ample research to prove the inequalities that exist in today’s urban areas.

Davis’ paradigm really does add another layer to the usual socialist questions about future economic change, the agrarian question, the revolutionary potential of labour and the immiseration thesis.

Urban poor planefa increasingly denied their basic rights in an attempt for the urban rich to better their own lives. Return to Book Page.