Understanding conflicts at religious-tourism sites: The Baha'i World Center, Israel

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-236
Number of pages9
JournalTourism Management Perspectives
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015

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© 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.


  • Baha'i
  • Baha'i World Center
  • Conflicts
  • Framing
  • Israel
  • Religious-tourism sites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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