Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

International Affairs

First Advisor

Pushkala Prasad

Abstract

Throughout time, human beings have used various means of expression to create identity and fashion a brand for themselves that exhibits favorable characteristics. The age of globalization has facilitated the ease with which people travel and experience new parts of the world, but has also made it easier to share one’s experience through social media, thus allowing for wider recognition of one’s identity as a citizen of the world. Modern tourists prefer the word “traveler,” due to widespread concerns about the negative impacts on the tourism industry on certain global locations and populations. In this paper, I will explore the rise of poverty and volunteer tourism which attract tourists who seek a more authentic and ethical experience, but in reality these niche forms of tourism simply perpetuate the one-sided, neocolonialist narrative created by a ideological oversimplification of a much more complicated history between Africa and the West.

 
 

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