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Planet of Slums: Urban Involution and the Informal Proletariat

Author: Mike Davis
Organisation: New left review 26
Publish Date: 2004
Country: Global
Sector: Social Development
Method: Environmental scanning
Theme: Poverty
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Slums, Urban Poor, Urbanization ,planet of slums

Sometime in the next year, a woman will give birth in the Lagos slum of Ajegunle, a young man will flee his village in west Java for the bright lights of Jakarta, or a farmer will move his impoverished family into one of Lima’s innumerable pueblos jovenes. The exact event is unimportant and it will pass entirely unnoticed. Nonetheless it will constitute a watershed in human history. For the first time the urban population of the earth will outnumber the rural. Indeed, given the imprecisions of Third World censuses, this epochal transition may already have occurred.
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