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.