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'Doing development': the gap year, volunteer-tourists and a popular practice of development

Kate Simpson
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Kate Simpson: University of Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, Postal: University of Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Journal of International Development, 2004, vol. 16, issue 5, 681-692

Abstract: Over the last ten years the gap year has become a popular and publicly recognized phenomenon. One of the most visible forms of this phenomenon has been the emergence of 'third world' volunteer-tourism programmes, which seek to combine the hedonism of tourism with the altruism of development work. Such programmes make the practice of international development doable, knowable and accessible to young travellers. This paper seeks to critique the construction of this public face of development, while also asking, from a pedagogical perspective, what travelling participants learn about 'the others' they encounter on, and through, such programmes. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Date: 2004
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