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Evil Paradises : Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism.

Author: Recorded Books, Inc.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Evil Paradises, edited by Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is a global guidebook to phantasmagoric but real places-alternate realities being constructed as "utopias" in a capitalist era unfettered by unions and state regulation. These developments-in cities, deserts, and in the middle of the sea-are worlds where consumption and inequality surpass our worst nightmares. Although they read like science fiction, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9781595587787 1595587780
OCLC Number: 947987298
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed April 25, 2016).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Title Page --
Introduction --
1 --
Dreamland --
Pathological Exuberance --
Hidden Questions --
Neoliberal Myths --
Crony Capitalism --
Economy as Illusion --
The Myth of the Market --
Neoliberalism as Violence --
Unruly Dreams --
2 --
Arg-e Jadid: A California Oasis in the Iranian Desert --
A Garden of Security --
Islamic Neoliberalism --
From Kish to Kitsch --
3 --
Sand, Fear, and Money in Dubai --
Fantasy Levitated --
Gigantism --
Miami of the Persian Gulf --
War Zone --
Milton Friedman's Beach Club --
An Indentured, Invisible Majority 4 --
Capital of Chaos: The New Kabul of Warlords and Infidels --
Land as Power --
Architecture as Alchemy --
Military Strategy as Urban Planning --
Reconstruction as Myth --
Impunity as Democracy --
5 --
Delirious Beijing: Euphoria and Despair in the Olympic Metropolis --
The Great Transformation --
The Price of Olympic Fame --
The Great Divide --
A Social Time Bomb --
Containing Chaos --
Conclusion: Evil Beijing --
6 --
"Palm Springs": Imagineering California in Hong Kong --
The Return of the Walled City --
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning --
Selling California --
One Happy Family --
Conclusion 7 --
Johannesburg: Of Gold and Gangsters --
What's in a Name? --
Johannesburg Top-Down --
The Neoliberal Drought --
Resistance --
8 --
"Nueva Managua": The Disembedded City --
The "Palimpsest" City --
Nueva Managua --
The Privatization of Security --
Roads, Roundabouts, and Road Deaths --
"Disembedding" the City: The Revolt of the Elites? --
9 --
Becoming Bourgeois: (Postsocialist) Utopias of Isolation and Civilization --
Neo-Hapsburg Kitsch --
New Enclosures --
Slaves of the New Bourgeoisie --
10 --
"Extreme Makeover": Medellín in the New Millennium --
Before and After Barbarian (Me) at the Gates --
A Literary Interlude, Citing Fitzgerald --
On Subjectivity --
14 --
"Hell Is Other People": Ted Turner's Two Million Acres --
15 --
People Like Hicks: The Supreme Court Announces the Antiurban City --
A Legitimate Business or Social Purpose --
People Like Hicks --
Strollers, Loiterers, Drug Dealers, Roller Skaters, Bird Watchers, Soccer ... --
A Right the Rich Have Long Had --
16 --
Hubrispace: Personal Museums and the Architectures of Self-Deification --
Club Medici: Origins --
Everyman, His Castle --
The Plutocrat as Artist Disputing Territory, 1985-2002 --
Tragedy and Farce, 2002-2006 --
11 --
The Most Unjust Country in the World --
A Paradise of Latifundias --
The Legacy of "Late" Slavery --
Radical Injustice --
The Agrarian Problem in Neoliberalism --
12 --
Bunkering in Paradise (or, Do Oldsters Dream of Electric Golf Carts?) --
Minnesota: The Mall That Swallowed America --
Arizona: Senile Utopias --
13 --
Careless People: It's the Real Housewives of Orange County's World --
The ... --
Hollywood Discovers the OC --
Epiphany --
The Real Housewives and Dick Cheney Are Very Bad People --
Here You May Watch Me Watch TV

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Evil Paradises, edited by Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is a global guidebook to phantasmagoric but real places-alternate realities being constructed as "utopias" in a capitalist era unfettered by unions and state regulation. These developments-in cities, deserts, and in the middle of the sea-are worlds where consumption and inequality surpass our worst nightmares. Although they read like science fiction, the case studies are shockingly real. In Dubai, where child slavery existed until very recently, a gilded archipelago of private islands known as "The World" is literally being added to the ocean. In MedellIn and Kabul, drug lords-in many ways textbook capitalists-are redefining conspicuous consumption in fortified palaces. In Hong Kong, Cairo, and even the Iranian desert, burgeoning communities of nouveaux riches have taken shelter in fantasy Californias, complete with Mickey Mouse statues, while their maids sleep in rooftop chicken coops. Meanwhile, Ted Turner rides herd over his bison in 2 million acres of private parkland. Davis and Monk have assembled an extraordinary group of urbanists, architects, historians, and visionary thinkers to reflect upon the trajectory of a civilization whose deepest ethos seems to be to consume all the resources of the earth within a single lifetime.

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