Arrival City

Arrival City

The Final Migration and Our Next World

eBook - 2010
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From one of Canada's leading journalists comes a major book about how the movement of populations from rural to urban areas on the margins is reshaping our world. These transitional spaces are where the next great economic and cultural boom will be born, or where the great explosion of violence will occur. The difference depends on our ability to notice.

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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2010
ISBN: 9780307376084
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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rayhpl Mar 03, 2016

By taking the reader to various periphery communities around the world - those on the margins of urban centers - Doug Saunders challenges us to rethink of these shunned neighbourhoods as simply destitute and depraved places, but rather, as areas in a state of flux. These "arrival cities", and the predominant contingent of villagers/immigrants that inhabit them, act as gateways towards a less precarious way of life. Whether, and how quickly, this resourceful population and their jutting, makeshift settlements are able to improve and benefit the overall economy depends on government's attitude - to accept and integrate or to reject and isolate. The author makes a compelling argument in support of the emancipation of these arrival cities.

It was interesting to learn how oversight and neglect in the understanding of migrations have triggered and continue to influence revolutions and conflicts across the globe. Through unique case studies, this book also provided further insight into the dynamics of globalization, multiculturalism, civilization and by extension, human nature.

Mar 28, 2013

A truly important book that should be on everyone's reading list. It will change the way you think about immigration and urbanization.

Dec 18, 2012

a book filled with exciting premises about slum suburbs!

Apr 12, 2011

This book is well researched and filled with a variety of examples from across the globe. The premise is very interesting and well argued.

Jan 14, 2011

Great book and wonderful work by a Canadian author. It has a positive outlook towards the future and proves it by the data to show the impact of rural migration. Written a gripping way the book managed to keep me interested till the end. Politicians, right wingers or left wingers should read this before making policy decisions for all over the world.

debwalker Jan 11, 2011

Finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

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Nov 11, 2011

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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