Trench Town is the birthplace of reggae and a place where Bob Marley performed with other figureheads of the Jamaican music scene. It is also a neighbourhood characterised by poverty and crime. Local guides, many of whom live in Trench Town, are aware of tourists’ desires to experience snippets of life tinted by poverty and violence. Alana Osbourne analyses tourism patterns in Trench Town to understand how low-income residents participate in encounters predicated on the consumption of inequality. Her research explores how poverty and violence are transformed into products, and what benefit residents of marginalised neighbourhoods such as Trench Town can derive from selling glimpses of deprivation and conflict.
A.D. Osbourne, Touring Trench Town. Commodifying Urban Poverty and Violence in Kingston, Jamaica.
Prof. R.K. Jaffe
Prof. J.M. Baud
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