Planet of the Slums

December 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

In Mike Davis’ chapter 1 to his book Planet of the Slums, Davis explores the relationship between population growth, urban development, employment, industrialization, and slum growth through various regions and urban cities. Similarly, this video offers a brief visual representation of Davis’ claims.

One of the first statements made in the video is that the conditions and forces that push people out of the country side are more compelling than the ones that draw people into the city. The forces, as explained in the text, that expel people from the country side and into the city are the SAPs and conditionalities of the IMF and World Bank that focus on de-regulation, urbanization, and privatized industrialization. This consequently leads to de-agrarianization and de-pesantization, forcing people from the country side to the slums of cities with the hopes of finding employment. Additionally, throughout the video, the text at the bottom echoes other facts that we have read in the assigned reading.


§ 2 Responses to Planet of the Slums

  • gotagape says:

    Figures for growth in slums are remarkable. Mike Davis touches on the plights of the masses that are displaced due to neo-liberal policies. A great number of people are pushed off from land so they flock to the cities in search for employment. Cities are brought to the country, so those that work the land lose their source of income and significantly drives the rapith growth of cities.The government and state ignore the problems and little/no action is done to provide services. Due to their population size, there is no economic growth (those that are displaced lack the proper skills and experience to work in the working field). While NGO’s dismiss the root of the problem, neo-liberal policies of World Bank and IMF are the cause of unemployment.

    Although Davis touches on how cities are turned into slums due to massive migration, I wanted to share a photo from the film Slumdog Millionaire. I believe it captures the essence of a ‘slum upgrading’. “Jai ho!”

  • gotagape says:

    *rapid (don’t know how to edit posts)

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