The Paradox of Capital: Toward a Theory of Tourism Capital
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This thesis takes theories of capital to the unique situation in order to qualitative ly analyze existing secondary literature on Cape Town and its tourism business and posit new theory is necessary to account for the p aradox of capital in Cape Town and to allow for a holistic understanding of how ideas of capital can explain the inequaliti es and power - relations in emerging slum tourism. In this special case study, black lack is central to ide as of capital and consumption. While studies to date have focused on consumption of things, in this case, the slum tourism business is predicated on co nsumption of lack. Categories of capital are examined to show a relationship to this lack and the unique position of Cape Town slum tours to theories of capital , clas s and power . Ultimately, emancipation in the slums is dependent on this shift in our idea s of tourism capital, away from materiality, and toward concepts like lack and absence of material goods.