Managing complex issues in religious and spiritual events, festivals and celebrations

Authored by: Ruth Dowson

The Routledge Handbook of Religious and Spiritual Tourism

Print publication date:  July  2021
Online publication date:  July  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367191955
eBook ISBN: 9780429201011
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This chapter undertakes a critical review of the current state of research into the complex issues faced by those who organise religious and spiritual events, festivals and celebrations. The current literature emanates from a range of multidisciplinary sources, which have formerly been located in distinct, traditional disciplinary silos (Dowson, 2019a). The chapter also investigates research into the contemporary context of the dynamic between religious and spiritual aspects and origins of festivals, celebrations and associated events within the background of the global experience economy. It notes the impact of culture on religious and spiritual festivals, celebrations and events, considering the differences between appropriation and appreciation of other cultures as they coalesce. In identifying the complex issues that arise from these circumstances and perspectives, the chapter assesses the future development of conceptual and theoretical approaches to religious and spiritual festivals, celebrations and events.

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