Backpacking food tourist; Touring poverty

Slum Tourism - the transformation of impoverished neighbourhoods into attractions for international tourists. Laurie Taylor talks to the sociologist, Bianca Freire-Medeiros, about 'Touring Poverty', her study of Rocinha, a district in Rio de Janeiro which is advertised as "the largest favela in Latin America." She talked to tour operators, guides, tourists and residents to explore the ethical and political questions raised by selling a glimpse into other peoples' poverty. Professor of Tourism Mobilities, Kevin Hannam, joins the discussion. Also, 'eating the world' - the geographer, Emily Falconer, discusses her research into the food driven impulses of backpacking tourists.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Emily Falconer

Senior Research Assistant at Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, South Bank University, London



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Transformations of the backpacking food tourist: Emotions and conflicts
doi: 10.1177/1468797613477769
Tourist Studies April 2013 vol. 13 no. 1 21-35

Bianca Freire-Medeiros

Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Center for Research and Documentation on Brazilian Contemporary History (CPDOC) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



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Touring Poverty
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN-10: 0415596548
ISBN-13: 978-0415596541

Kevin Hannam

Professor of Tourism Mobilities at Leeds Metropolitan University



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Understanding Tourism: A Critical Introduction
Kevin Hannam & Dan Knox (Authors)
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN-10: 141292278X
ISBN-13: 978-1412922784


Backpacker Tourism: Concepts and Profiles
Kevin Hannam (Author, Editor), Irena Ateljevic (Editor)
Publisher: Channel View Publications
ISBN-10: 1845410777
ISBN-13: 978-1845410773

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