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BARBIE SAVIOR: POLITICIZING VOLUNTOURISM THROUGH INSTAGRAM PARODY

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posted on 23.05.2021, 15:46 by Anastazya Vydelingum
This Major Research Paper explores the Barbie Savior parody Instagram account to understand how the account attempts to politicize voluntourist/local relationships and how its posts constitute a strategy of social critique. Barbie Savior Instagram posts parody the white saviour complex enacted by short term missionaries who post their volunteer experiences on social media. A mixed methods approach provides quantitative and qualitative insights into how this intersectional critique addresses the phenomenon of voluntourist selfies on Instagram that promote a self-brand centered on touristic and religious authenticity through strategic use of captions and hashtags. Key words: Voluntourism; Short Term Missions; Instagram; Parody; White Saviour Complex; Authenticity

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eng

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Master of Arts

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Communication and Culture

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Ryerson University

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