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City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

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No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. 

In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA’s shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity.

About the Author

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780860913030
Subtitle:
Excavating the Future of Los Angeles
Author:
Davis, Mike
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Real estate development
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Inner cities
Subject:
Los angeles
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Politics and government.
Subject:
Crime -- California -- Los Angeles.
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Haymarket Series
Series Volume:
122
Publication Date:
19901017
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9.50x6.60x1.60 in. 2.39 lbs.

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