This book explores the dynamic interaction between religion and tourism in the modern world. It considers questions such as:
- do travellers leave their religion at home when they are touring - and what happens if not?
- what are the relationships between tourism and pilgrimage?
- what happens to religious performances, places and festivals that function as tourism attractions?
Other chapters examine religious theme parks, wellness and spa tourism, the roles played by tourist guides, guidebooks and religious souvenirs, and the role of tourism as a major arena of religious encounters in the contemporary world. Surveying the growing body of work in the field, Michael Stausberg argues that tourism should be a major focus of research within religious studies.
"Religion and Tourism provides an insightful read and refreshingly compelling overview of the crossover between religion and tourism from a religious studies perspective. Stausberg's noteworthy contribution to contemporary knowledge propels the study of religious tourism to new heights and provides a salient conceptual grounding heretofore unmatched by scholars of religion." Dallen J. Timothy, Arizona State University, USA "Stausberg has produced a rigorous, rich and thoughtful volume that explores the intersections between religion and tourism and in doing so opens up a myriad of opportunities for research and critical reflection." Mike Robinson, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Part 1: Crossroads 1. Affinities 2. Interfaces 3. Pilgrimage and Tourism: Ideal Types and Conflations Part 2: Places and Spaces 4. Religious Sites and Places 5. Tourist Spaces Part 3: Encounters 6. Exposures 7. Performances 8. Mediations 9. Terminal Reflections
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1