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This chapter, focusing on charity and gap-year tourism, examines the ethics and power relations involved in seeing. Noting the dominance of vision in travel narratives, it considers the relationship between seeing and being seen. A discussion on Jean-Christophe Perrot’s and Diego Audemard’s 2007 Tandems africains, in which the authors rely on blind or partially sighted local guides during their journey across sub-Saharan Africa, illuminates how the writers’ experience is thus mediated by the non-seeing guides. Although the gap-year travellers share ‘something of the discourses of discovery and domination associated with seeing and thus knowing’, their ‘journey of self-discovery’ affects them and has a lasting impact on the travellees through media coverage and donations from the book’s profits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Research Companion to Travel Writing
EditorsAlasdair Pettinger, Tim Youngs
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781315613710, 9781315613710
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2019


  • charity tourism, disability studies


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