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Elizabeth Scarbrough
Florida International University
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    Visiting the Ruins of Detroit: Exploitation or Cultural Tourism?Elizabeth Scarbrough - 2017 - Journal of Applied Philosophy:549-566.
    Are Detroit ruin tours a form of morally permissible cultural tourism, or do these tours amount to a form of exploitation? To answer this question I compare Detroit ruin tours with ‘slum tours’ – guided tours of slums in the world's major cities. I argue that exploitation of the sort we find in slum tourism also exists, to a lesser extent, in Detroit ruin tours. To show this I detail two different accounts of exploitation and argue that Ruth Sample's account (...)
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    Unimagined Beauty.Elizabeth Scarbrough - 2014 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72 (4):445-449.
    Ghost, lost, and ruinated things are important but under-theorized objects of aesthetic appreciation. Both Jeanette Bicknell and Jennifer Judkins rely on “imaginative reconstruction” to explain the aesthetic interest in experiencing these places. This paper presents three critical reflections on Bicknell’s and Judkins’ accounts. First, I argue that it is unnecessary to know or value what is missing to appreciate what remains. Second, Bicknell and Judkins overemphasize the importance of imaginative reconstruction to our aesthetic engagement with these structures. Third, they do (...)
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    Visiting the Ruins of Detroit: Exploitation or Cultural Tourism?Elizabeth Scarbrough - 2018 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (3):549-566.
    Are Detroit ruin tours a form of morally permissible cultural tourism, or do these tours amount to a form of exploitation? To answer this question I compare Detroit ruin tours with ‘slum tours’ – guided tours of slums in the world's major cities. I argue that exploitation of the sort we find in slum tourism also exists, to a lesser extent, in Detroit ruin tours. To show this I detail two different accounts of exploitation and argue that Ruth Sample's account (...)
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