Slum tourism is a controversial pastime rising in popularity on a global scale. Known as ‘slumming’, it has been practised since Victorian times. In recent years, slum tourism occurs in more and more cities of the Global South. Township tourism across South Africa, favela tourism in Rio de Janeiro and slum tourism in Mumbai have grown to mass tourism dimensions.
This volume provides a collection of studies that shed light on the geographies of inequality in slum tourism from historical, sociological, political and anthropological perspectives. By connecting slum tourism to debates over the ethics and aesthetics of travel, volunteering, second homes and cross border mobility, the chapters provide ample ground for an understanding of slum tourism as transversal terrain in which questions of global equity come to the fore.
Based on unique and in depth research from across the globe, the collection forms an indispensable resource for scholars and students of tourism and the geographies of inequality as well as those interested in questions of representation and tourist experience.
This book was published as a special issue of Tourism Geographies.
Table of Contents
1. Slum Tourism: Developments in a Young Field of Interdisciplinary Tourism Research 2. ‘We did the Slum!’ – Urban Poverty Tourism in Historical Perspective 3. Poor but Happy: Volunteer Tourists’ Encounters with Poverty 4. Slum Tourism: Representing and Interpreting ‘Reality’ in Dharavi, Mumbai 5. Informal Urbanism and the Taste for Slums 6. Mobile Imaginaries, Portable Signs: Global Consumption and Representations of Slum Life 7. Glimpses of Another World: The Favela as a Tourist Attraction 8. Encounters over Garbage: Tourists and Lifestyle Migrants in Mexico
Fabian Frenzel is Lecturer at the School of Management, University of Leicester, UK. His research interests converge in the political implications of travel and mobility. As a postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Potsdam he has investigated slum tourism in Africa, India and Brazil.
Ko Koens is a Lecturer at the Academy of Hotel and Facility Management, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. His main research interests are sustainability, entrepreneurship and social dilemmas in tourism and hospitality.