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Title: Packaging poverty: tourism, violence, and the politics of space in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Author(s): Tusia, Tomi
Director of Research: Moodie, Ellen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Moodie, Ellen
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Lugo, Alejandro; Manalansan, Martin; Graham, Laura R.
Department / Program: Anthropology
Discipline: Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): violence poverty tourism Brazil
Abstract: Based on ethnographic field research with tourists, residents, and community activists in/of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on participant-observation at Rio de Janeiro’s State Ministry of Tourism, on critical analysis of popular discourse and of federal and state urban planning policies and programs, this dissertation explores the packaging of poverty in Rio de Janeiro. It examines how particular kinds of spaces are produced, maintained, and offered up for tourist consumption, and it interrogates the connections between macro-level decision-making and micro-level practices in order to understand how and why “poverty tourism” arose and flourishes in Brazil. I argue that “poverty tourism” is neither accidental nor inconsequential, but rather that the relegation of the urban poor to the status of tourist attraction is intimately tied to the operations of class exploitation, problematic, and segregationist, spatial management policies, violent racism, and a linguistically enacted politics of hierarchical othering.
Issue Date: 2012-05-22
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Tomi O'Neil Tusia
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-05-22
Date Deposited: 2012-05

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