chapter  6
18 Pages

Tourists’ photographic gaze: the case of Rio de Janeiro favelas

ByPALLOMA MENEZES

In his reflection about contemporary society, John Urry (1990c) says that being a tourist is one of the distinctive characteristics of modern life. Tourism is the complementary opposite to the work logic: vacations are a sort of qualified idleness. Not travelling is like not having a nice enough car or a less than beautiful home, because tourism in modern societies confers status and is thought to be a necessity of the body and mind.