Gill's Reviews > Planet of Slums

Planet of Slums by Mike Davis
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Feb 18, 09

bookshelves: academic, africa, south-america

Mike Davis describes the world of the future. Urbanization, peri-urban settlements... Slums. Class oppression enabled through a neoliberal myth of self help. A dagger to De Soto's arguments about the role of land title in freeing capital in peri-urban areas, he reveals that 'land regularization' actually pushes the poor closer to desperate means, making rent and taxes too high obligatory and too high a cost. A good book for tackling many of the statistics that describe our future. Not much first hand work, it is more like a literature review that advocates that the slums awake and take Marxian control of their destiny.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Planet of Slums.
sign in »

No comments have been added yet.