poorism
 n.— «Poverty tourism—sometimes known as “poorism”—did not originate in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). For years, tour operators have been escorting foreign visitors through Rio de Janeiro’s infamous favelas, with their drug gangs and ocean views, and the vast townships outside Cape Town and Johannesburg, where tourists are invited to mix with South Africans at one of the illicit beer halls known as shebeens. A nonprofit group in New Delhi charges tourists for guided walks through the railway station, to raise money for the street children who haunt its platforms.» —“Next Stop, Squalor” by John Lancaster Smithsonian Mar., 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Tagged with →