This expanding niche — dubbed "poorism" by some media outlets — sparks questions.
—Shawn Blore, "And on your left, note the poverty," The Globe and Mail, January 20, 2007
Dear Ethi: Probably a little of both. An agency called Salam Balak Trust that works with street children in Delhi, India, charges $4.50 to take visitors on a 2-hour tour of the Delhi slums and railway station.
Critics call it "poorism" — exploitation by voyeuristic travelers. Defenders say they are only trying to educate western tourists to the plight of the poor.
—Ellen Creager, "Weight your suitcase before you check it," Detroit Free Press, August 20, 2006
"Thank God," said my friend Fred. "How much is it?" "250 rand a night," said Neo. Fred snorted. That's the same as the B&B with its comfortable bed, a bathroom and Neo cooking the fat cakes (sugarless doughnuts), yoghurt and eggs.
"Yes," said Neo. "But you can fit eight people in there." The shack is eight feet square. "It's real Soweto." And so we discovered the latest example of "poorism" — the vogue in tourism for charging good money to live in rudimentary "indigenous" accommodation.
—Charlotte Eagar, "Shacked up with poverty," The Evening Standard, November 19, 2004