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Slumming – empirical results and observational-theoretical considerations on the backgrounds of township, favela and slum tourism

ByMANFRED ROLFES

The phenomenon discussed in this chapter cannot be summarised in only one sentence. It is a relatively new form of tourism in the globalising cities of several so-called developing countries or emerging nations; namely, visits to the most disadvantaged parts of the respective city. These are mainly composed of guided tours through disadvantaged areas, often inappropriately called slums. These tours are offered on a relatively large scale in South African cities, Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Cairo, as well as in Indian metropolises, to name some examples. International tourists are the primary target group of such tours.