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slum

A heavily populated urban area with widespread and massive deterioration of buildings and infrastructure, a lack of meaningful social or police services, and an exceptionally high degree of poverty,unemployment,and crime.

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If, as Heap suggests, slummers use their tourism to draw attention to their sense of social and moral superiority over the local residents, then Morgan's response to Mrs.
If Morgan was afraid that Conchs would be consumed like the Chinese in Chinatowns, this attitude could also be an expression of Morgan's resistance to being considered a tourist resource by slummers.
Unfortunately, the book does not provide us with a definition of slummers, but using his context, slummers can be defined as people who "were captivated by the districts' dance halls, opium dens, and black-and-tan resorts--both because of their unabashed association with illicit sex and because of the entree such spaces provided to the new realm of commercialized public leisure" (Heap 101).