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Tourism as a means to raise awareness for social problems : creation of an ethical tour

Zufferey, Julie ; Matos-Wasem, Rafael (Dir.)

Mémoire de bachelor : Haute Ecole de Gestion & Tourisme, 2013.

Nowadays, the visiting of slums or of poor areas of a metropolis, is becoming a new segment of the tourism industry. “Slum tourism”, also called «poverty tourism», is nevertheless widely controversial. Categorized as voyeurism by its opponents, it is however conceptualized in several empirical studies as an opportunity to change the perception of slums and as a way of fostering their... More

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    Nowadays, the visiting of slums or of poor areas of a metropolis, is becoming a new segment of the tourism industry. “Slum tourism”, also called «poverty tourism», is nevertheless widely controversial. Categorized as voyeurism by its opponents, it is however conceptualized in several empirical studies as an opportunity to change the perception of slums and as a way of fostering their development. This research paper contains a theoretical approach, which clarifies the different literary terms used to refer to these new forms of tourism. It also includes the details of a field study that was conducted in the Indian city of Mumbai between the 17th of April and the 15th June 2013, in order to test the feasibility of a guided tour through specific poor areas of the city. Finally, a prototype tour is proposed, taking into account moral and ethical issues. The present paper is the result of the collaboration with “Women of India Network”, a Mumbaibased NGO involved in women’s empowerment in Mumbai’s slums.