Poverty Tourism

Updated: 2017-03-27.

Poverty tourism, also known as poorism, shanty tourismghetto tourism, or slum tourism, is tourism in which travelers visit blighted areas (slums, ghettos, favelas, etc.). It is somewhat similar to disaster tourism, though there is not as much of a negative connotation here, as most people do it to learn and become more socially and culturally aware.

There is still some debate as to the ethical boundaries crossed, especially when the tourists and their destination are divided by both class and racial boundaries, or when the travelers project a sense of entitlement or condescension.

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Synonyms:
Ghetto Tourism, Slum Tourism, Poorism, Shanty Tourism
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