The Final Migration and Our Next WorldBook - 2011
The twenty-first century is going to be remembered for the great, and final, shift of human populations out of rural, agricultural life into cities. The movement engages an unprecedented number of people, perhaps a third of the world's population, and will affect almost everyone in tangible ways. The last human movement of this size and scope, and the changes it will bring to family life, from large agrarian families to small urban ones, will put an end to the major theme of human history: continuous population growth.
Arrival City offers a detailed tour of the key places of the "final migration" and explores the possibilities and pitfalls inherent in the developing new world order. From villages in China, India, Bangladesh and Poland to the international cities of the world, Doug Saunders portrays a diverse group of people as they struggle to make the transition, and in telling the story of their journeysnbsp;-- and the history of their often multi-generational families enmeshed in the struggle of transitionnbsp;-- gives an often surprising sense of what factors aid in the creation of a stable, productive community.
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Another highly enlightening read! Saunders challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about shanty towns, urban slums, ethnic enclaves and marginal ghettos. He also counters romantic notions about farms and peasant life with a cogent and convincing defense of cities as engines of social mobility. And he takes on the misguided and ill-considered discrimination against unskilled workers. If you want to find out how and why Canada's and Australia;s immigration policies are ass-backwards, check out Arrival Cities. Filled with fascinating insights into the lives of rural refugees, I strongly recommend it.
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