Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783604432 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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Slumming It

Fabian Frenzel

Slumming It

Fabian Frenzel

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224 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783604432 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604449 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Have slums suddenly become cool? Tourists across the globe seem to think so, as they increasingly hunt down favelas, ghettos, and barrios for memorable vacation experiences. A moral outrage to some critics, the rise of slum tourism nevertheless is a fascinating phenomenon that demands more detailed, nonjudgmental research than it has received up to this point.
 
In the provocative Slumming It, Fabian Frenzel is the first scholar to explore the intriguing motivations and consequences of this novel form of tourism with a truly accessible, open-minded approach. He examines the strange allure that slums have for wealthier visitors, and he investigates the changes this curious attraction has led to on both a small and large scale: from gentrification and urban policy reform to the organization of international development and poverty alleviation efforts. Using case studies throughout the global south—including Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, and cities in South Africa, Kenya, and India—Frenzel provides a comprehensive study of slum tourism and a controversial take on the potentially positive impact it may have on these struggling communities in the future.
Contents
List of Figures
Acknowledgments

Introductions
Tourism and the social question
The slum and the city
Value practices and tourist valorization
Slums in local value regimes
Disruptive valorization: putting slums on the map
Co-opting and engineering tourist valorization: policy and real estate responses
Tourist valorization in the post-Fordist care regime
Slum tourism and political activism
Conclusion
 
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Bianca Freire-Medeiros, author of Touring Poverty
“Based on years of embedded fieldwork, Frenzel's book cuts through the powerful mythology surrounding the so-called slums, townships, and favelas as tourist attractions to construct a revelatory narrative of the relationship between poverty and tourism, exploitation and political activism.”
 
John Hutnyk, author of The Rumour of Calcutta
“The reality of the slum is much fought over in commentary. Frenzel cuts through the confusion to evaluate the valorisation of poverty in tourism. With examples ranging across India, Brazil, Europe and South Africa, Frenzel offers an analysis, both comparative and detailed, that is a theoretically-informed advance on current scholarship.”
 
Manfred Rolfes, University of Potsdam
“Frenzel has written a very inspiring book, that is full of ideas and also deeply political. He opens up many new perspectives on slum tourism, and highlights its local and global dimensions.”
Eveline Dürr, LMU Munich
“Rich empirical evidence, expertly interrogated by notions of place valorisation, make this a fascinating piece of cutting-edge research on a fast emerging field of study. It makes a significant contribution to the available literature and is key reading for professionals and scholars alike.”
 
Christian M. Rogerson, University of Johannesburg
“A bold and carefully crafted analysis of slums and slum tourism. Theoretically grounded in the concepts of tourist valorization and local value regimes, it offers a nuanced and state of the art understanding of the nexus of tourism, slums and poverty.”
 
Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects
“This provocative and beautifully written study of slum tourism will transform your assumptions about the politics of slumming it. Drawing on rich ethnographic data, Frenzel carefully considers the activist potential of tourism to enact a relational politics of solidarity and care.”
 
Africa at LSE
“Frenzel’s book is definitely a provoking read, exceptional in its efforts to understand slum tourism as a global industry and a symbolic practice of valorization, rather than a hodgepodge of distinct and sometimes awkward practices.”
 
Choice
“Frenzel delivers a stirring text on an emerging yet controversial niche form of tourism referred to as ‘slum tourism. Rather than outright rejecting slum tourism on the grounds of morality, as many claim it is degrading and largely voyeuristic, the author tries to answer a social question: ‘Why does it matter that tourists visit these slums? . . . Highly recommended.”
 
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