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Towards a Religious View of Tourism: Negotiating Faith Perspectives on Tourism

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In recent years there has been a growth of academic literature related to the intersections between religion and tourism. While much of this research has taken place from an industry and academic perspective, little has been written on how leaders of particular religious faiths critique and evaluate secular understandings of religiously informed and motivated travel from a theological standpoint. The purpose of this article is to address this paucity of research by broadly examining how religious leaders and groups view tourism as a social phenomenon. Rather than this article being based on case-based primary research that highlights and critiques the specific views of tourism of particular religious traditions, this article offers a reflection on how scholars interested in investigating the views of tourism of religious leaders and groups can begin to answer the question, "how would one study how religious leaders view tourism?" Five research themes are suggested to understand religious views of tourism, including religious perspectives on appropriate leisure, religious views of hospitality, gendered religious spatial practices, religious views of the human body, and religious attitudes towards the arts. The article concludes with a call to tourism scholars to take religious views of tourism more seriously in any discussion related to religion and tourism.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/109830411X13049571092633

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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