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Chapter 8 (Page no: 110)

Consuming poverty: volunteer tourism in an orphanage in Nepal.

This chapter draws from research on volunteer tourism in orphanages in Nepal, joining the debate on the relationship of orphanage tourism to modern slavery. The chapter sheds light on an implicit and fundamental manifestation of domination in orphanage tourism: the business of poverty. Indeed, orphanage tourism involves children who are affected by an accumulation of misfortune and disadvantage, largely underpinned by intractable and longstanding poverty. The existence of extreme poverty provides fertile ground for orphanage tourism and is considered to be at the core of the phenomenon, for without poverty this practice would more than likely have little opportunity to flourish. It is argued that neocolonialism and large segments of the international development discourses maintain a vision of the world divided between wealthy and poor, dominants and dominated, implying the concomitant power relations between helpers and helped, supporters and supported.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Orphanage tourism and the convention on the rights of the child. Author(s): Reid, H.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Orphanages as sites of modern slavery. Author(s): Doore, K. E. van
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 31) Historical and sociopolitical drivers of Australian participation in orphanage tourism in Bali. Author(s): Daniels, G. E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 45) People, money and resources: the drivers of institutionalization. Author(s): Mathews, L.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 63) Promising practices - strengthening families and systems to prevent and reduce the institutional care of children. Author(s): Flanagan, K.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 85) What drives voluntourism? Internal impulses and external encouragement. Author(s): Biddle, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 98) How filmmaking can support advocacy: The Voluntourist and orphanage tourism. Author(s): Sanguinetti, C.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 125) A 'nice, knock-down argument' about orphanage tourism, modern slavery and the power and peril of naming. Author(s): Carpenter, K.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2020
  • ISBN
  • 9781789240795
  • Record Number
  • 20193471649