Essay on Summary Of Mike Davis 's ' The Book ' Ecology Of Fear '

2218 Words Nov 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States following New York City on the East Coast. This idolized city that many have nicknamed, L.A., rests within the southern region of the ‘Golden State’ of California. Los Angeles is most widely known for its mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, sprawling metropolis, and for also housing a major center of the American entertainment industry. The worldwide popularity L.A. has received, stems from the city being the source of many publications, old and new, such as famous movies, television shows, documentaries, and in this case, a national bestselling book. Author Mike Davis has written several books, however this paper will focus on his book, Ecology of Fear in particular. In this book, Davis examines Los Angeles as a city with potential that has been unfortunately plagued by earthquakes, wildfires, floods, drought, tornadoes, snakes in the sea, mountain lion attacks, and a bee epidemic. With all of these occurrences in one famous city, Davis writes his thesis on how all the advantages known to Los Angeles and neighboring regions of Southern California in regards to its location and economy also come with large risks such as natural and social disasters. The second part of his thesis lies within his theory that Los Angeles is only focused on the materialistic desires of the rich at the expense of the poor. According to Davis, the natural and social disasters referenced in his thesis could come in the form of…

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