Poverty Tourism: An Ethical Response  To Poverty? Dan Spencer, Global Studies, 17 Oct 2011
Context: Corey Flintoff article: “India’s Street Kids <ul><li>A growing phenomenon:  </li></ul><ul><li>the Rise of “Povert...
Starting Question: <ul><li>Is it important for  affluent people  to have a direct experience of, or exposure to,  poverty ...
Possible Reasons
Possible Reasons
Possible Reasons
Possible Reasons  <ul><li>4.  A Vehicle for Critical Self-Reflection among the Affluent : examining  both  our lifestyles ...
My Experience: The Center for Global Education <ul><li>30 years working in Latin America to develop travel seminars and se...
Philosophical Commitments <ul><li>Education from the  perspective of the poor majorities  living in these countries </li><...
Some Guidelines <ul><li>1. Work with organizations of the poor themselves; respond to  their  interests </li></ul><ul><li>...
A Fish Parable Modified: 4 Levels of Responses to Poverty
Direct Aid (Charity) 1.  “Give a Person a Fish…”
2. Development “ Teach a Person to Fish…”
3.  Social Justice “ Give a Person Access to the Lake…”
4.  Environmental Sustainability: “ Keep the Lake Healthy…”
All 4 Levels are Necessary <ul><li>Direct Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul><ul><li>Social Justice </li></ul><ul...
Some Final Thoughts <ul><li>No Easy Answers </li></ul><ul><li>A Long-Term Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Joy & Richness in t...
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Poverty Tourism: Dan Spencer, Ph. D.: Guest Contributor 20 (October 17, 2011) [Post 263]

  1. 1. Poverty Tourism: An Ethical Response To Poverty? Dan Spencer, Global Studies, 17 Oct 2011
  2. 2. Context: Corey Flintoff article: “India’s Street Kids <ul><li>A growing phenomenon: </li></ul><ul><li>the Rise of “Poverty Tours” or “Slum Tours” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Starting Question: <ul><li>Is it important for affluent people to have a direct experience of, or exposure to, poverty ? </li></ul><ul><li>Move beyond abstract concepts to meeting actual poor persons in poor communities. </li></ul><ul><li>If so, what do we need to think about to make these ethical encounters (not tourism) , where both parties are enhanced by the experience? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Possible Reasons
  5. 5. Possible Reasons
  6. 6. Possible Reasons
  7. 7. Possible Reasons <ul><li>4. A Vehicle for Critical Self-Reflection among the Affluent : examining both our lifestyles and structural dimensions: the connections between poverty and affluence. </li></ul>
  8. 8. My Experience: The Center for Global Education <ul><li>30 years working in Latin America to develop travel seminars and semester programs for US citizens </li></ul>
  9. 9. Philosophical Commitments <ul><li>Education from the perspective of the poor majorities living in these countries </li></ul><ul><li>Grounded in Liberation Theology: a commitment to justice for the poor and oppressed </li></ul><ul><li>Education for Transformation through critical reflection on direct experience (insights of Paulo Freire) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some Guidelines <ul><li>1. Work with organizations of the poor themselves; respond to their interests </li></ul><ul><li>Approach as respectful guests and students </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid “handout charity”: channel aid to community leaders and organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Build Relationships: opportunities for each side to learn from the other </li></ul><ul><li>Followup: No promises you can’t keep </li></ul>
  11. 11. A Fish Parable Modified: 4 Levels of Responses to Poverty
  12. 12. Direct Aid (Charity) 1. “Give a Person a Fish…”
  13. 13. 2. Development “ Teach a Person to Fish…”
  14. 14. 3. Social Justice “ Give a Person Access to the Lake…”
  15. 15. 4. Environmental Sustainability: “ Keep the Lake Healthy…”
  16. 16. All 4 Levels are Necessary <ul><li>Direct Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul><ul><li>Social Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Sustainability </li></ul>
  17. 17. Some Final Thoughts <ul><li>No Easy Answers </li></ul><ul><li>A Long-Term Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Joy & Richness in the Process: Deep and Meaningful Friendships </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone can do some-thing: Start where you are and build community </li></ul>

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