Instant City Life and Death in Karachi

ISBN-10: 0143122169

ISBN-13: 9780143122166

Edition: N/A

Authors: Steve Inskeep

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In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented change in human life: for the first time in history, more people now live in cities than in the countryside. As Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep so aptly puts it, we are living in the age of the “instant city”, where vast metropolitan areas emerge practically overnight. No rising metropolis has experienced this epic migration more dramatically than Karachi, Pakistan, which has grown from 400,000 people in the 1940s to more than 13 million today. Karachi is the largest city in a nation of vital strategic interest to the United States—yet is a place Americans frequently misunderstand.  In his first book, Inskeep explores how this one city illuminates the perils and possibilities of rapidly growing megacities all around the world. Karachi’s explosive growth was triggered in 1947, when British India was divided into Hindu-dominated India and Muslim-dominated Pakistan. That act unleashed mass migrations that more than doubled Karachi’s population in a few years, and created far deeper divisions that affect the city to this day. In Instant City, Inskeep tells the story of a single harrowing day that sheds light on Karachi’s constant tensions. On December 28, 2009, a bomb ripped through a Shia religious procession, killing dozens of people. Soon afterward, hundreds of businesses were torched in Karachi’s central commercial district. As he peels back the layers of that terrible day—both the history that led up to it, and its troubled aftermath—Inskeep discovers that it exposes many of the pressures that are shaping Karachi, from terrorism to ethnic conflict, class divisions to scarcity of resources, and above all that classic trait of urban dwellers everywhere: an obsession with real estate. In his investigation, Inskeep meets the people who help the city survive—from the founder of a world-renowned ambulance service to a doctor who re-opens her emergency room the day after it was bombed. He illuminates a gallery of planners, dictators and dreamers who since 1947 have influenced the city’s growth, though almost never in the way they intended. Drawing on interviews with a broad cross section of Karachi residents, Inskeep has created a vibrant and nuanced portrait of the forces competing to shape the future of one of the world’s fastest growing cities.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

A Note on Spelling
North of North Karachi
Jinnah Road
Promenade
Lighthouse
National Arms
Landmarks
Jinnah's Tomb
Shrine and Temple
Ground Breaking
Self-Service Levittown
Casino
New Karachi
Icon
Emergency Numbers
Airport Road
Parks and Recreation
Premier Lifestyles
Dreamworld
Renew Karachi
Birds
A Note on Sources
Population of Selected Instant Cities
A Note on Population Figures
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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