Slum Tourism in the Americas: Commodifying Urban Poverty and Violence

Wageningen Geography Lectures 2015/2016

Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam)

This lecture discusses the commodification and aestheticisation of poverty and violence in the context of urban tourism. This type of “poverty tourism”, which has become increasingly popular across a range of cities, involves transforming urban deprivation into a consumer product, in the context of global mobilities and shifts towards cultural economies of spectacle. Drawing on examples from Kingston and Rio de Janeiro, the lecture focuses on the aesthetic practices involved in branding neighborhoods that are marked by both poverty and violence. It discusses how music, images, and texts contribute to place-making and place-selling, and how residents, entrepreneurs and tourists relate to these forms of cultural expression.

Organised by Cultural Geography

Tue 1 March 2016 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Gaia, gebouwnummer 101
Room Gaia 2