Re-creating slum tourism: perspectives from South Africa

Irma Booyens, Christian M. Rogerson

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Slum tourism is a growing phenomenon in several cities in the global South. The objective in this conceptual paper is to analyse the development and critical challenges around slum tourism in the urban global South and to argue a case for ‘re-creating’ slum tourism by building upon the potential for creative tourism. The focus is upon the ‘townships’ of South Africa. It is argued that South Africa provides an instructive case study in the international phenomenon of slum tourism and of its potential to be reimagined and developed in a responsible manner, including through an important role for creative tourism. Recommendations are offered for a research agenda on creative slum tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-63
Number of pages12
JournalUrbani Izziv
Issue numbersupplement, February 2019
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019


  • slum tourism
  • creativity
  • townships
  • creative tourism
  • economic and physical slum upgrading
  • South Africa


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