The Effects of Neoliberalism on Volunteer Tourism in New Orleans
Jennifer L. Erdely, Ph.D.

Tracing neoliberalism’s effects, this paper examines how neoliberal policies create dependence by the government and residents on volunteers’ labor and financial resources, how neoliberalism creates disorganization in rebuilding efforts and labor, and how neoliberalism highlights disparaging sentiments against the government. This paper uses ethnographic methods to explicate the issues, complexities, and complications of volunteer tourists’ labor, and their relationships with New Orleans’ residents and government. We close it by discussing possible implications and possible solutions for volunteer tourism coordination and operation.

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