Evil Paradises

Evil Paradises

Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of essays by top eclectic thinkers meditates on the dangers of capitalist-driven societies as reflected by "utopian" construction practices occurring throughout the world, citing the roles of such developments in promoting economic inequality, human slavery, and drug trafficking.

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Located on 2000 acres of land overlooking the Egyptian pyramids of Giza, the Dreamland luxury development bills itself as "an integrated city where a relaxed lifestyle mixe[s] with a high-tech infrastructure with no upper limits on quality." But for Davis (history, U. of California at Irvine) and Monk (peace studies, Colgate U.), Dreamland is at once capitalist utopia and neoliberal nightmare, a physical manifestation of the socioeconomic inequality wrought by neoliberal globalization in which the international bourgeois class seeks to immunize itself physically and mentally from concern for the welfare of the broader public. In these 19 essays, they and their contributors describe a number of neoliberal dreamlands from around the world and set them in context of wider social and political developments. The multidisciplinary essays discuss neoliberal development schemes in Iran, Dubai, Afghanistan, China, South Africa, Nicaragua, Colombia, Brazil, the United States, and Japan. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 2007
ISBN: 159558076X
9781595580764
Branch Call Number: 320.51 EVI
Characteristics: xvi, 336 p. ; 21 cm

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