A Research Agenda for Religious Tourism

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A Research Agenda for Religious Tourism

9781803928739 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kiran A. Shinde, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University and Joseph M. Cheer, Professor of Sustainable Tourism and Heritage, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, Australia
Publication Date: March 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 873 9 Extent: 178 pp
Incisive and interdisciplinary, this Research Agenda broaches topics that have been under-researched within religious tourism, including: place attachment and marketing; memory and modification of sacred landscapes for tourism needs; the darker sides of religious tourism; multi-stakeholder governance; mission-trips; and allied forms of tourism.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Incisive and interdisciplinary, this Research Agenda broaches topics that have been under-researched within religious tourism, including: place attachment and marketing; memory and modification of sacred landscapes for tourism needs; the darker sides of religious tourism; multi-stakeholder governance; mission-trips; and allied forms of tourism.

With contributions from top scholars, the book includes cases from across Europe and Asia, exploring pilgrimage sacred landscapes for different religions. Building on emerging themes including the importance of governance, conflicts associated with pilgrimage and religious tourism, gender and gendered dimensions, resilience in the wake of the recent pandemic, and newer ways of performing religious tourism such as virtual reality, it sets a research agenda for future inquiry.

This thought-provoking Research Agenda will be a valuable resource for scholars of tourism, human geography, heritage studies, anthropology, and religious studies.

Critical Acclaim
‘Historically, religious journey is assumed to be the oldest motive of human movement. Over time it became a popular tradition and has been studied in different contexts. These ten essays offer a critical appraisal of the literature, representing studies from Asia, Europe, India, and Japan. Fresh issues such as marketing, place attachment, the dark side of pilgrimage, spirituality, sacred geography, reciprocity between pilgrimage and religious journey are examined and illustrated with case studies, both in terms of theoretical construction and application. The messages conveyed in this anthology will provide a radiant platform linking perspectives, problems, and prospectives for deeper understanding and new dimensions of research in this field.’
– Rana P.B. Singh, President (Asia), RWYC – Reconnecting With Your Culture (a member of UNESCO)

‘This important new book by Kiran A. Shinde and Joseph M. Cheer finally provides us with a brand-new Research Agenda for religious tourism! For this reason it is a must-read, especially for those interested or engaged in studying, managing, developing, and understanding the complex, varied phenomena of religious tourism and pilgrimage.’
– Noga Collins-Kreiner, University of Haifa, Israel

‘In their commendable call to develop new agendas for studying religious tourism, Shinde and Cheer and their contributors cover a wide area geographically, methodologically, politically, and theoretically. They raise questions relevant to all who study pilgrimage, religious travel, and tourism, and highlight areas, from the role of the state to environmental and economic issues, that are essential to current and future research agendas.’
– Ian Reader, University of Manchester, UK

‘Skilfully assembled and sensitively edited, the chapters in this book are fascinating and challenging, ranging from reimagined futures for sites and virtual reality, to historical analysis and theoretical visioning. It presents many important challenges and sets agendas for future work in this exciting and evolving area of investigation.’
– from the Foreword by Kevin A. Griffin, Technological University Dublin, Ireland
Contributors
Contributors include: Anne Marie F. Bagadion, Pascal von Beuningen, Joseph M. Cheer, Jaeyeon Choe, Grace Ann Chua, Ruth Dowson, Maria Laura Gasparini, Shubhada Kamalapurkar, Alessia Mariotti, Sabrina Meneghello, Eleanor O’Keeffe, Daniel Olsen, Harng Luh, Sin, Amita Sinha, Kiran Shinde
Contents
Contents:

Foreword xiii
Kevin A. Griffin
1 Religious tourism: the journey so far 1
Kiran A. Shinde
2 Memory, sacred landscapes and religious
tourism: pilgrim perceptions in Ayodhya, India 21
Amita Sinha and Shubhada Kamalapurkar
3 Multi-stakeholder governance for religious
tourism and pilgrimage routes in Europe 39
Maria Laura Gasparini and Alessia Mariotti
4 Short-term mission trips in Asia: intertwining
religion, volunteering and tourism 57
Grace Ann, Chua and Harng Luh, Sin
5 The role of religious tourism for poverty
alleviation in rural communities 71
Jaeyeon Choe and Anne Marie Bagadion
6 The role of place attachment on the marketing of
religious sites for tourism 85
Pascal von Beuningen
7 The dark side of pilgrimage and religious tourism:
conflict, contestations and fallouts 101
Daniel H. Olsen and Kiran A. Shinde
8 Virtual religious tourism: an agenda for future research 115
Eleanor O’Keeffe and Ruth Dowson
9 Walking tourism on a spiritual trail: competing
needs from the sacred landscapes 131
Sabrina Meneghello
10 Whither religious tourism research? Conclusion
and final remarks 147
Joseph M. Cheer
Index 157
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