Hear this word, writes Mike Davis, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy The Lord God hath sworn by his holiness, that lo, the day shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks. In fact, he doesn't actually say that. That's Amos, the great Biblical prophet of doom. What Davis in fact says is: "In there were 86 cities in the world with a population of more than one million The majority of the world's population live in poverty, oppressed, dispossessed and starving.
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Hear this word, writes Mike Davis, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy The Lord God hath sworn by his holiness, that lo, the day shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
In fact, he doesn't actually say that. That's Amos, the great Biblical prophet of doom. What Davis in fact says is: "In there were 86 cities in the world with a population of more than one million The majority of the world's population live in poverty, oppressed, dispossessed and starving. But you knew that already. The great interest - indeed the morbid fascination - of Davis's book is that it seeks to identify exactly how and why the majority of the world's population is currently living in poverty, oppressed, dispossessed and starving; the poor may always be with us, but times change.
As evidence, Davis points to Beirut's Quarantina, to Santa Cruz Meyehualco in Mexico City, to Russia's ex-socialist company towns, to Rio de Janeiro's favelas, and to Cairo's City of the Dead, "where one million people use Mameluke tombs as prefabricated housing components".
He estimates that there are already some , such slums worldwide and argues that the slum is becoming the blueprint for cities of the future, which, "rather than being made out of glass and steel as envisioned by earlier generations of urbanists, are instead largely constructed out of crude brick, straw, recycled plastic, cement blocks and scrap wood.
According to Davis, this is largely due to the "neoliberal restructuring of Third World urban economies that has occurred since the late s" - which is to say it's the fault of the World Bank and IMF, and also "middle-class hegemony", "petty landlordism", "soft imperialism", "elite homeowners" and NGOs which, he claims, are "captive to the agenda of the international donors, and grassroots groups similarly dependent upon the international NGOs".
Davis - in case you couldn't already tell - is an unrepentant Marxist. Clearly, he was either going to be that, or a lapsed Catholic priest. A former truck driver and one-time editor at New Left Review, he is the author of a number of strange and brilliant books about cities and their discontents, most notably a great, surging trilogy of books about Los Angeles - City of Quartz , Ecology of Fear and Magical Urbanism - which are renowned and, in some quarters, reviled for their bravura prose style and fizzes of facts.
Like all of his books, Planet of Slums is a vision of apocalypse rather than an actual argument, but if its apocalypse you want - and frankly who doesn't, because how else to explain the mess we're in? Topics Books. Society books Politics books reviews. Reuse this content. Most popular.
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The definitions of slums and favelas and its implication on population data: a content analysis approach. This article aimed to discuss the different definitions of slums and favelas and their implication on population data. The data manipulation was performed according to the content analysis CA approach. The quantification performed with Iramuteq software was based on word frequency and factorial correspondence analysis FCA. Qualitative and quantitative analyzes highlighted two major differences: in the object characterization area, building and both ; and qualification type legal aspects, construction standards, infrastructure deficiency, land property, population density, geographic references and residents typing.
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