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Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism Paperback – June 1, 2008
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The theme - and it's a loose one - is that the world's nouveaux riches are creating poorly designed communities that isolate them from the broader society, and in the long run, these communities are not in anyone's self-interest, not even the self-interest of the people who live in them. For Americans, the archetype of this phenomenon is the gated suburban development in which McMansions sit on overly-spacious plots of land. Numerous countries, especially those with the worst income inequalities, are copying the phenomenon of the gated community, in which the well-to-do try to isolate themselves from their fellow citizens.
Here are the topics covered by these essays: New luxury suburbs in Egypt, Iran, Dubai, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Nicaragua, Hungary, Columbia, and Brazil. Several essays are about the US from various angles, covering Minneapolis, Sun City (Arizona), Orange County (California), and Richmond (Virginia). There are essays about Ted Turner's rural landholdings in New Mexico and elsewhere, self-aggrandizing museums in the US, the fad of experiencing monastery life for brief visits, and an essay about planned "floating utopias" in international waters.
Some of the essays are excellent (e.g., the essay about Hong Kong, or the saga of of the man arrested for being on a "public" sidewalk in Richmond), while others are hodgepodges of leftist jargon.Read more ›
The aspect of politics comingled with crime is brought into the picture with a discussion of the socio-political dynamics in countries where corruption can operate with an unfettered hand. One particularly good example of this situation is Columbian narco-terrorism coincident with neoliberalism in the power struggles of the 1980s & 90s. The breakdown in the static social and economic structure was precipitated by a breakdown in export markets and an unwillingness to share the economic and social benefits with those whose labor was used in obtaining them.Read more ›
The major themes in this collection are based in a strong anti-capitalism that believes that no good can come from unrestrained wealth, development, and social control. Essentially, the essays contained within show the evils that arise when capitalism is so laissez faire that it gets taken to its extreme end resulting in a wide margin between the wealthy and impoverished.Read more ›
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Arrived early. Very insightful book. I would recommend this book to all psy, soc, humanities, politically interested, sustainability majors, etc. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Christina Amezquita
Mike Davis is a favorite author but not in this particular book to which he contributed but a single piece. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Phillip Skaga
Critiques on the world, pointing out the falsity in the spaces we dwell in and occupy, analyzing the world around us...it's what I love. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Johnathen Duran
I have ever and I mean EVER, purchased. Wish I had never made the decision to try to stomach it, my only greater wish is that I could get my money back because it coulda gone to a... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Marcy
Enjoyable read that addresses the growth of gated communities in cities across the globe. The book highlights the false constructions of community that these developments sell, as... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Dianna C. Dilworth
Mike Davis has done it again: this collection, edited by Davis together with Daniel Bertrand Monk, is yet another forceful, readable, and compelling indictment of capitalism and... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by M. A. Krul
Despite a firm aversion to edited books, I picked this beauty up for the Mike Davis name and it did not disappoint. Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by EGD
The book is tedious and unevenly written. It has added no new information or insight for this reader. Read morePublished on September 13, 2007 by Karl H. Hiller