Study examines impact of slumming it and slum tourism

The notion of ‘Slumming it’ is to be brought under sharp focus at a discussion being held at our University

A new study by Dr Fabian Frenzel, of the School of Business draws on knowledge and experience of slums in India, South Africa and South America.

Dr Frenzel will be launching his book, Slumming it: The Tourist Valorization of Urban Poverty, published by Zed

Dr Frenzel in Nairobi
Dr Frenzel in Nairobi
Books, in the David Wilson Library Book Shop on Wednesday 2 November from 3.30pm-5pm. The talk will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to staff, students and the public.

The book discusses the curious phenomenon of slum tourism, examining whether slums across the world have become ‘cool’ as more and more tourists discover favelas, ghettos, townships and barrios on leisurely visits..

Dr Frenzel said: “There is a tendency to not take tourists seriously, to think of their involvement with the world as superficial and idiotic. My research shows how tourism changes places, and how it affects social conflicts, how it works a social force.”

“I hope to provoke people into thinking differently on tourism and on slums. There is a tendency to not take tourists seriously, to think of their involvement with the world as superficial and idiotic. My research shows how tourism changes places, and how it affects social conflicts, how it works as a social force."

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