The affective economy of slum tourism
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At the beginning of his fieldwork at Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) in 2013, the author had what might be called an unexpected windfall of empirical data pertaining to tourists' reactions to the City Walk (CW). After each CW, visitors are encouraged by the guides to submit a feedback form evaluating their experience. The author collects a year's worth of feedback forms and registers their results in a spreadsheet according to gender, age, nationality and their general evaluation of the CW in five predetermined categories pertaining to the guide's information, communication, attitude, interaction and overall experience. The performative track suggests that visitors pay a fee within an economy of tourism, while the pedagogical track suggests that visitors donate within a humanitarian economy. As the visitors reach the contact point and the shelter home, they encounter current street children whose futures are anything but certain.