Boston University School of Law

Poverty Tourism, Justice and Policy

Evan Selinger
Rochester Institute of Technology - Department of Philosophy

Kevin Outterson
Boston University School of Law

Kyle Powys Whyte
Michigan State University - Department of Philosophy

Public Integrity (forthcoming 2011)

Boston University School of Law Working Paper No. 11-21
(May 25, 2011)

Abstract

Based on moral grounds, should poverty tourism be subject to specific policy constraints? This article responds by testing poverty tourism against the ethical guideposts of compensation justice, participative justice, and recognition justice, and two case descriptions, favela tours in Rocinha and garbage dump tours in Mazatlan. The argument advanced is that the complexity of the social relationships involved those tours requires policy-relevant research and solutions.

Evan Selinger is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Program Faculty in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, both at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his B.A. from Binghamton University, M.A from the University of Memphis, and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. His most recent co-edited books are New Waves in Philosophy of Technology (2009) and Rethinking Theories and Practices of Imaging (2009). His essays on global justice appear or are forthcoming in Synthese, Metaphilosophy, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, Human Studies, and Environmental Philosophy.

Kyle Powys Whyte is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. He received his B.S. from Babson College, M.A. from the University of Memphis, and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. His forthcoming articles on environmental justice, risk assessment, and Native American communities are forthcoming in Environmental Philosophy and Synthese.

Kevin Outterson is Associate Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. He received his B.S. and J.D. from Northwestern University, and his LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. His articles on health care and ethics have appeared in Yale Journal of Health Policy, Health Affairs, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Cardozo Law Review, Environmental Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Medical Journal of Australia, American Journal of Law & Medicine, and Journal of Generic Medicines.

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Suggested Citation:

Evan Selinger, Kevin Outterson, and Kyle Powys White, "Poverty Tourism, Justice and Policy," Public Integrity (forthcoming 2011).

Evan Selinger
Associate Professor
 Rochester Institute of Technology - Department of Philosophy
 92 Lomb Memorial Drive
 Rochester, NY 14623-5670
 United States
 (585) 475-2531 (Phone)

Email: evan.selinger@rit.edu

Kevin Outterson
Boston University School of Law
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Boston, MA 02215

Email address: mko@bu.edu
Office Phone: (617) 353-3135


Kyle Powys Whyte
Assistant Professor
 Michigan State University - Department of Philosophy
 503 S. Kedzie Hall
 East Lansing, MI 48824
 United States
 5174321034 (Phone)
 5174321320 (Fax)
Email: kwhyte@msu.edu

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