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Planet of Slums by Mike Davis
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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.
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