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Tourism and urban poverty: Slum tourism in Mexico

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr

Funded by the University Bayern e.V. (special program for newly appointed professors) and LMUexcellent funding for women (2010-2012)

The touristification of urban slums, which was already observable in the industrial cities of the nineteenth century, has diversified in recent years. This research project investigates a tour to an urban garbage dump in the popular tourist destination Mazatlán on the Pacific coast of Mexico (see Dürr 2012, see also the trilateral project “Slumtourism in the Americas")


Dürr, Eveline (2012a) Urban Poverty, Spatial Representation and Mobility. Touring a Slum in Mexico.  International Journal of Urban and Regional Research  36 (4): 706-24.

Dürr, Eveline (2012b) Encounters over Garbage: Tourists and Lifestyle Migrants in Mexico. Tourism Geographies 14 (2): 339-355.

Dürr, Eveline (2012c) Spaces of Poverty, Spaces of Prosperity: Incomplete Tourist Encounters in Mexico. In: Evelyn Schulz and Hiroshi Okano (Eds.) Creating Cities: Culture, Space, and Sustainability: The 1st City, Culture and Society (CCS) Conference. Osaka: Osaka City University, Urban Research Plaza, pp. 12-18.