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Instant City by Steve Inskeep
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I had expected an anthropological survey of pop migration, I was wrong. This is more a like a really really steady gaze into Karachi's development as an example of instant cities.

We barely got into the birth of K as Pakistan's capital by ~p.60, pretty slow going for an outsider like me.

The author does not: 1. fully make a case for y Karachi is better suited for the study of instant cities than others; or 2. truly match the POV of a native. Yet it is probably still worth a read.

i've only gone 5 chapters, stay tuned.

60% done: Parts 1 & 2 are a yawn. Chapters 9 & 10 (Part 3 : New Karachi) is really more in line with what I'm looking for.

80% done (3 chapters left): TMI!! Even with dead-ends! The author may have specific themes for specific chapters, but instead of just laying down his conclusion with supporting evidence, he reported his daily foot marches: where he went, what he did, whom he met & how they received him -- even on dead-ends! For example he could easily have just given the final paragraph (p.198) instead of dallying the entire chapter 12.

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Quotes Rock Liked

“Heritage is a matter of the stories we choose to tell about our past, as well as the stories we overlook.”
Steve Inskeep, Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

Reading Progress

12/19/2011 page 119

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