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Dispossessed: Life in Our World's Urban Slums [Paperback]

By Mark Kramer (Author)
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A harrowing and compassionate look at life in the squatter cities growing on the edges of the world's megacities. For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in the countryside. Today, one billion people live in an urban slum. Fleeing rural poverty, they can find no affordable housing in the cities and so create their own from whatever is at hand, even cardboard. This is the story of people living on the fringes of Manila, Nairobi, Mexico City, Bangkok, and Cairo. It tells about their worries and concerns, their family life, and their smiles in the midst of their struggles to live on less than $2 per day. These very human and moving stories are interwoven with analysis of the causes and effects of urbanization, including problems of land rights and human rights, poverty, prostitution, the informal market economy of urban slums, and the lack of basic human services.

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For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in the country side; one billion of them in housing constructed from whatever materials are at hand, wherever they can build. Dispossed relates the very human, and very moving, stories of families living today on the fringes of Manila, Nairobi, Mexico City, Bangkok and Cairo. The people tell about their lives and struggles, their hopes and fears.

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Dispossessed: Life in Our World's Urban Slums by Mark Kramer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Multicultural Review - 12/01/2006 page 75

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570756589  
ISBN13  9781570756580  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Kramer was writer-in-residence in the American Studies Program at Smith College (1980-1990), writer-in-residence and a professor of journalism at Boston University (1990-2001), and writer-in-residence and founding director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University (2001-2007). He's written for the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other periodicals. He's co-author of two leading textbook/readers on narrative nonfiction: Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism. He's written four additional books: Mother Walter and the Pig Tragedy, Three Farms, Invasive Procedures, and Travels with a Hungry Bear. He's currently at work on a book about writing narrative nonfiction. His website is
Wendy Call is author of No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy, winner of the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction. She co-edited Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide. Wendy has served as Writer in Residence at 20 institutions, five national parks, four universities, a public hospital, and a historical archive. She writes and edits nonfiction, translates Mexican poetry and short fiction, and works as a teacher at Richard Hugo House and Goddard College. Before turning to full-time word-working in 2000, she devoted a decade to work for social change organizations in Boston and Seattle. The daughter of a middle-school math teacher and a career Navy officer from Michigan, Wendy grew up on and around military bases in Florida, Pennsylvania, southern California, and southern Maryland. She lives and works in Seattle.

Mark Kramer currently resides in Madison, in the state of Massachusetts. Mark Kramer was born in 1944.

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Eager to read more..  Mar 6, 2006
I particularly liked the mix of personal encounter, eye-witness description and factual research. We're reading this book in our JustFaith program;it offered rich ground for discussion without handing us conclusions.The local speaker we invited on the topic of international poverty was from Mexico City. He was wondering if this book is available in Spanish. (Anyone know?)

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