This article analyzes a conflict steming from the construction of a religious-tourism site -The Baha'i World Center, in Haifa, Israel and contributes to the literature on the relationship between religion, tourism, and conflict. We first propose a framing typology based on literature of conflicts, as well as analysis of empirical data, using Grounded Theory. We then apply the typology on the conflict around the construction of the Baha'i World Center in Haifa. Our main findings fall under three main themes, or super-frames: 'Process,' 'Values,' and 'Issues' - of which the 'Process super-frame' was found to have the dominant role in the Baha'i case study. Beyond that, we offer a method that may be useful in understandin th conflicts stemming from the construction of tourism at religious-tourism sites elsewhere and, at times, shed light on possible approaches to reframing disputes over tourism sites.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We are grateful to the Israel Science Foundation for supporting this research. Special thanks are also due to Prof. Nurit Kliot for her astute comments and encouragement and to the Journal editor and reviewers for their insights.
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- Baha'i World Center
- Religious-tourism sites
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management