[ View the story "Slum Tourism" on Storify] Slum Tourism From India to Brazil, tours of the world's poorest communities are on the rise.
The Stream· Tue, Jun 11 2013 09:35:53 Poverty tourism
- also known as poorism and slum tourism - takes tourists through some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world. From the slums of Mumbai to the
of Rio De Janeiro, poverty tourism has caused
some to criticise
the practice as exploitative and
most popular tourist sites Rio de Janeiro? Christ Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf, favelas. See book Slum Tourism (2012). Something wrong here?Leonard Sweet
S/o the #BronxPresident @RubenDiazJr for the help in the cancelation of the #ghettotour he won't let them make fun of our areafevathadonn
I think that Bronx "ghetto" tour was the lowest kind of exploitation. It doesn't qualify as poverty tourism. The nature of the gaze differs.Fiqah
The Bx is not all unicorns &rainbows but it darn sure is not a place to be hosting "ghetto tours" exploiting some parts culture some povertyTina
In a 2010
New York Times
expressed grievance with such tours, which he first witnessed in his hometown of Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa.
Slum tourism turns poverty into entertainment, something that can be momentarily experienced and then escaped from. People think they’ve really “seen” something — and then go back to their lives and leave me, my family and my community right where we were before.nytimes.com
Slum tourism is despicable and demeaning. Visiting Kibera is NOT visiting Soweto township. The latter is a freedom struggle storyline.Mohammed Hersi.
If you google Kibera you will get companies offering 'slum tours'. We have normalised poverty and made it a tourist attractionBONIFACE MWANGI
'Poorism' is the term for slum tourism. The local gangs call 'poorists' 'soko', their logic? Whites are exploiting slum poverty. #KiberaMichael Owuor
Some operators say the tours are educational opportunities that can also
help boost a slum's economy
by inspiring charitable donations.
@AJStream Toruism dollars can actually mean survival for some #poverty stricken & picturesque places in Asian & South American destinations!Neslihan Kurosawa
Below, two tourists share their experiences after walking through a slum in Kibera.
Kibera slum Tours ; Tourists coments on Victoria Safaris tours of the Kibera slumVictoria Safaris
Reality Tours and Travel
says it donates 80 per cent of post-tax profits to its charity,
. Daya Sharma, a company guide, adds that tours give visitors deeper perspectives about the lives of impoverished people.
"We show it for what it is—a place where people are working hard, struggling to make a living and doing it in an honest way."smithsonianmag.com
A tour of Dharavi slum drives home the devastating scale of poverty & the public health issues faced by the people #globalsanitationforumCeridwen Johnson
In the footage below, Reality Tours and Travel co-founders Chris Way and Krishna Pujari speak about why they started giving tours of Dharavi, one of Mumbai's
The Reality GroupAndrew Johnson
Still, some remain wary of the motivations of both the tour companies and the tourists.
NGOs received lots of money after Slumdog Millionaire, but also made development of these areas fashionable, "slum tourism" #visiblecitiesJoshua Simoneau
People try to validate that Poverty Tour nonsense with the fact that all proceeds are supposedly donated. Yeah. Simply donate then.Indigo Child
If D objective of poorism is 2 create awareness, then I get it…if it’s purely 4 self gratifying entertainment…then shame on D participantsAlston Borrel
If we keep selling this "slum tourism / poverty porn' when do we say "Hang on, this is wrong. People shouldn't be living like this"Miss Akona Ndungane
The Stream asked its community:
Does poverty tourism reinforce or break down stereotypes?
@AJStream tours probably reinforce, but spending time in slums and talking to people would help breakdown stereotypes..q80 hillbilly
@ajstream They act as a mirror into the reality of life in the slums. Reality is reality, whether or not it conforms to stereotypes #povertyKudza Thondhlana
What motivates people to participate in poverty tourism?
@AJStream it's to exercise morality. Ppl feel bad so they do gd to feel gd to believe they did their part. It's how often that mkes the diffDivya Hiranandani
@AJStream they want to witness extreme poverty with their own eyes, but no desire to participate in finding the solution for it, perhaps?nandra
@ajstream Maybe it's a way for them to assuage their guilt? Or perhaps it's their way of convincing themselves that they're helping out? ;)Blogie Robillo
@AJStream Seeing others' poverty makes one happy about own life. Sympathy makes us feel good about ourselves.Manas Shaikh