Empowering the empowered?: Slum tourism and the depoliticization of poverty

  title={Empowering the empowered?: Slum tourism and the depoliticization of poverty},
  author={Melissa Nisbett},

Attitudes towards Slum Tourism in Mumbai, India: Analysis of Positive and Negative Impacts

Tourism has grown exponentially in the 21st century and continues to be one of the rapidly growing industries in the world in terms of revenue generation and employment opportunities. It covers not

Tourist and resident perspectives on ‘slum tourism’: the case of the Vilakazi precinct, Soweto

Slum tourism as a topic of investigation has seen significant growth since the beginning of this decade with increasing theoretical and empirical depth. With this growth, some inconsistencies in

Recasting urban imaginaries: politicized temporalities and the touristification of a notorious Mexico City barrio

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to point to the significance of temporally charged imaginaries of neglected places and their residents in the context of slum tourism research. It examines the

Investigations Into Slum Tourism

  • D. Privitera
  • Business
    Destination Management and Marketing
  • 2020
This article aims at providing a deep understanding of various aspects of inquiry related to slum tourism or poverty tourism. The visit of favela or slum into a destination is a complex and

Morality in aversion?: Meditations on slum tourism and the politics of sight

It is argued that morality can be found in aversion and turning away from slum tourism in many instances and that wealthy, western and usually white bodies of slum tourists represent the violence of the status quo which seeks to make legible a periphery and to partially re-integrate into capital those who have been expelled from it.

Cities and tourism, a love and hate story; towards a conceptual framework for urban overtourism management

Overtourism is a term that has emerged in media over the past few years. Issues of carrying capacity that were limited to tourism sites have recently spread to places with no tourism background. The

Elite and Empowerment of Local Communities: The Dilemma Between Participation and Mobilization in The Era of Democracy

This article discusses the role of local elites in stimulating community participation in various development programs. As is well known, the Serut Hamlet area in Bantul Regency is fostered by

Disrupting structural violence in South Africa through township tourism

Abstract This paper describes the potential that tourism encounters have in disrupting structural violence (conceptualized as silencing and invisibilization) in South Africa. Based on PhotoVoice

The optics of dispossession: urban precarity as political art

How are conditions of urban dispossession sustained and perpetuated by the way peoples on the margins of the world economy are imagined and brought to public visibility? With a focus on the works of



Slum Tourism: Representing and Interpreting ‘Reality’ in Dharavi, Mumbai

Abstract This article examines how Dharavi is represented to, and interpreted by, tourists participating in walking tours around Mumbai's largest slum. Across the world ‘the slum’ is positioned as

Slum Tourism and the Consumption of Poverty in TripAdvisor Reviews: The Cases of Langa, Dharavi and Santa Marta

This chapter examines one of the ways in which pervasive stereotypes of the global south as a place of poverty, unemployment and economic subsistence are maintained and contested in the media of the

Slum Tourism : Poverty, Power and Ethics

Slum tourism is a globalizing trend and a controversial form of tourism. Impoverished urban areas have always enticed the popular imagination, considered to be places of 'otherness', 'moral decay',

‘We did the Slum!’ – Urban Poverty Tourism in Historical Perspective

Abstract Slum tourism in the Global South is a relatively new phenomenon. The tourist gaze at the poverty of the Others is long established, though. This paper is concerned with the genesis of urban

Investigations into slum tourism in Mumbai: poverty tourism and the tensions between different constructions of reality

The paper seeks to contribute to the recent slum tourism-debate. On the basis of an empirical field study conducted in Mumbai in 2009, this article investigates how Indian slums are observed by

Of voyeuristic safari tours and responsible tourism with educational value: Observing moral communication in slum and township tourism in Cape Town and Mumbai

Sightseeing in the poorest quarters of southern hemisphere cities has been observed occurring in Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai and many other cities. The increasing global interest in touring

Poverty tourism: theoretical reflections and empirical findings regarding an extraordinary form of tourism

During the mid-1990s, a new form of tourism was established in metropolises of several developing countries or emerging nations. This type of tourism consists in visits to the most disadvantaged

Eat, pray, love mimic: Female citizenship and otherness

Looking at Asia and the Asian Diaspora as a geopolitical post-colonial space, this paper aims to examine the role of travel and tourism as a sign of modernity and how it influenced and reconstruct

Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty: an Empirical Study on the Web

In recent times, slum tourism has become one of the fastest growing niche tourism segments in the world. The favela, slum, township, gecekondu appear into a tourist destination as part of the

Showcasing India Unshining: Film Tourism in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire

Abstract Cinematic representations of Indian poverty have been by and large open to allegations of aestheticising and showcasing squalor for artistic and/or commercial purposes. The purpose of this