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Dispossessed: Life in Our World's Urban Slums

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For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in the country side; one billion of them in housing constructed from whatever materials are at hand, wherever they can build. Dispossed relates the very human, and very moving, stories of families living today on the fringes of Manila, Nairobi, Mexico City, Bangkok and Cairo. The people tell about their lives a ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Orbis Books
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Adriane Devries
Social justice: a better hobby than golf? Journalist Mark Kramer gave up months of his privileged, Western culture to live amongst the world’s urban slum communities, with the intent of personalizing and sharing their plight with those who have the means with which to fight social injustice. Through his interviews with families in these communities, we get to know the faces of the poor: rather than nameless millions across the seas, we see that they are our dear friends, neighbors, sisters, brot ...more
Jessica
Oct 23, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in learning more about global poverty from a sociological viewpoint
There's something so amazing about reading real stories about people you know in a book about global poverty. Kramer does a great job mixing hard data (UN documents, statistics) in with personal stories of people in Cairo, Bangkok, Mexico City, Nairobi, and, of course, Manila. However, it took a while to get through the book due the sheer information. Nevertheless, it's well worth it, if for nothing but Chapter 7, in which Kramer gives some solid practicals for identifying with the urban poor. Y ...more
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Jan 17, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
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Dispossessedsynthesizes statistics and first-hand experience of slum communities in the global South. With each community, he discusses a hallmark issue of poverty -

Manila - urbanization
Nairobi - colonialism
Mexico City - land rights
Bangkok - informal economy
Cairo - slum living conditions

Each chapter is ~30 pages. I appreciate that he writes about his interactions with host families in the slum communities with dignity and respect.
Jonathan
Jan 05, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
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