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Consuming poverty: volunteer tourism in an orphanage in Nepal

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Published in Cheer, J.M., Mathews, L., van Doore, K.E. & Flanagan, K. Modern Day Slavery and Orphanage Tourism. Wallingford: Cabi. 2019, p. 110-122
Abstract This paper is about volunteer tourism in orphanages, more specifically in Nepal. While well-known for its mountainous landscapes, this country is one of the most popular destinations for this activity where business and humanitarianism contract a paradoxical union that is illustrative of the neo-liberal time. The commoditization of orphanages has increasingly raised serious ethical concerns, especially about the use of children as a tourist attraction. We seek to contribute to a critical approach and join the debate on orphanage tourism. We shed the light on an implicit and fundamental manifestation of domination in orphanage tourism: the business of poverty. Our critical perspective, however, also targets the assumption that orphanage business and some use of children as attractions are necessarily negative and always represents a form of modern slavery. Through the case study of an orphanage in Nepal and the triangulation of various data, we demonstrate that ambivalent situations exist
Keywords Volunteer tourismOrphanageModern slavaery
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ISBN: 9781789240795
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BENALI, Amira, ORIS, Michel. Consuming poverty: volunteer tourism in an orphanage in Nepal. In: Cheer, J.M., Mathews, L., van Doore, K.E. & Flanagan, K. (Ed.). Modern Day Slavery and Orphanage Tourism. Wallingford : Cabi, 2019. p. 110-122. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:130708

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