Etiske komplikationer ved slumturisme i Khayelitsha

Julie Camille Bang, Julie Caroline Falster, Rasmus Alex Sterup Dinesen & Julie Storm Bisgaard Pedersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines the ethical complications of slum tourism, the contradicting opinions about slum tourism and why the prosperous tourist is drawn to the biggest slum in South Africa, called Khaye-litsha. Furthermore, it investigates the representations of the slum and the slum dwellers, made by the local tourist organization Imzu Tours, the official tourist organization Cape Town Tourism and the tourist visiting the slum. We found that the slum tour is represented as an authentic and unique experi-ence, where the lives of the slum dwellers are portrayed as simplistic and culturally different, thus making them ‘others’ from the slum tourist. The ethical complications lie in this ‘othering’ herein the focus on the culture and the authenticity of the experience, rather than the existing poverty in the slum. This form of tourism is therefore also criticized for being voyeuristic, and exploitive of the poor for the pleasure of the slum tourist. Contrarily slum tourism is justified with the argument, that the slum economically benefits from the tourism. In conclusion, the slum tourism does have a positive impact cause of the rising debates. Moreover, it raises questions about whether poverty is caused by the global value distribution. Needless to say, the positive impact is relative and it’s difficult to empirically show the difference it makes.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2017
Antal sider45
VejledereTore Elias Harsløf Holst


  • Slumturisme