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Selling the favela: thoughts and polemics about a tourist destination

The article discusses the development of the favela into a tourist attraction, examining how promoters in four different favelas have been attempting to actually place them in a tourist market. The development of the favela into a tourist destination is seen as part of the socalled reality tours phenomenon and of the global circulation of the favela as a trademark. The methodology included different strategies: long interviews with qualified informants, field observation, and participant observation in different tours. The article concludes with some thoughts on my own research experience on such a polemic field of investigation.

Tourism; Favela; Globalization; Rio de Janeiro; Poverty

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