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Hero Holiday: Swedish voluntourism and The White Savior Complex
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to explore the reasons and motivations behind voluntourism in reference to working with children, and how these can be understood and analyzed within the framework of voluntourism research. A qualitative approach was used, and data was collected through semi-structured interviews and then evaluated with the use of a thematic analysis. This data was then analyzed in correlation to previous voluntourism research and through the theoretical frameworks of postcolonialism and neocolonialism. Eight interviews were conducted, with six voluntourists and two representatives from voluntourist organizations. Our findings were that the respondents had well-meaning intentions, along with complex and nuanced thoughts in relation to culture shocks, reflections, relationships with the children and rules and regulations given by the voluntourism organizations they traveled with. The conclusions drawn from these findings were that while intent does not trump impact, this phenomenon should be examined in relation to power dynamics and the privatization of development work.

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2020. , p. 40
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Voluntourism, voluntourist, neocolonialism, postcolonialism, White Savior Complex, development work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-49412ISRN: JU-HLK-GLS-1-20200101OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-49412DiVA, id: diva2:1442237
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Available from: 2020-06-17 Created: 2020-06-16 Last updated: 2020-06-17Bibliographically approved

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