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Religion And Development In The Asia Pacific

Author : Matthew Clarke
ISBN : 9781317647447
Genre : Business & Economics
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Community development is most effective and efficient when it is situated and led at the local level and considers the social behaviours, needs and worldviews of local communities. With more than eight out of ten people globally self-reporting religious belief, Religion and Development in the Asia-Pacific: Sacred places as development spaces argues that the role and impact of religions on community development needs to be better understood. It also calls for greater attention to be given to the role of sacred places as sites for development activities, and for a deeper appreciation of the way in which sacred stories and teachings inspire people to work for the benefit of others in particular locations. The book considers theories of ‘place’ as a component of successful development interventions and expands this analysis to consider the specific role that sacred places – buildings and social networks – have in planning, implementing and promoting sustainable development. A series of case studies examine various sacred places as sites for development activities. These case studies include Christian churches and disaster relief in Vanuatu; Muslim shrines and welfare provision in Pakistan; a women’s Buddhist monastery in Thailand advancing gender equity; a Jewish aid organisation providing language training to Muslim Women in Australia; and Hawaiian sacred sites located within a holistic retreat centre committed to ecological sustainability. Religion and Development in the Asia-Pacific demonstrates the important role that sacred spaces can play in development interventions, covering diverse major world religions, interfaith and spiritual contexts, and as such will be of considerable interest for postgraduate students and researchers in development studies, religious studies, sociology of religion and geography.
Category: Business & Economics

Religious Tourism In Asia

Author : Shin Yasuda
ISBN : 9781786392343
Genre : Business & Economics
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Re Enchanting Education And Spiritual Wellbeing

Author : Marian de Souza
ISBN : 9781351601672
Genre : Education
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Education is in a constant state of renewal internationally where it responds to a number of pressing social, political and cultural issues. Processes of globalization, a number of conflicts and acts of terror, economic and environmental crises have led to large waves of migration and asylum seekers arriving in countries with the hope of finding safer and more stable places to settle. This, in turn, has led to cultural and religious pluralism being a key characteristic of many societies with corresponding issues of belonging and identity. As well, for many people, there has been a shifting influence of and allegiance away from traditional religious frameworks with the emergence of new religious movements, both peaceful and violent, and a rise in popularity of spirituality and non-religious worldviews which provide alternate frameworks for living healthy and ethical lives. In order to prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s world, one which is confronted by a range of risks and crises and which is being shaped by rapidly changing technologies, educators and researchers are investigating new ways of equipping students to deal with these challenges and opportunities, including the nurturing of spiritual wellbeing. This book brings together the voices of many experienced educators to discuss ways to re-enchant education and re-enliven learning programs in response to these 21st century issues in an increasingly global and interconnected world. It examines a range of international contexts, including secular and religious educational settings, and provides an avenue for visionary voices that identify problems and offer solutions to help shape a more promising education system that will prepare children more constructively and beneficially to flourish in their future worlds.
Category: Education

Seductions Of Place

Author : Alan A Lew
ISBN : 9781134651870
Genre : Science
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The seductiveness of touristed landscapes is simultaneously local and global, as travelled places are formed and reworked by the activities of diverse, mobile people, in their desires to experience situated, sensuous qualities of difference. Cartier and Lew’s interesting and informative book explores contemporary issues in travel and tourism and human geography, and the complex cultural, political, and economic activities at stake in touristed landscapes as a result of globalization. This book assesses travel and tourism as simultaneously cultural and economic processes, through ideas about place seduction and the formation of landscapes. Throughout, examples are given from urban and environmental touristed landscapes, from major world cities to tropical islands, and chapter contributions include: an analysis of the representational character of landscape and the built environment historic constructions of place seduction the importance of class, racial, and gender dimensions of place how mobility and the seduction of place orient identity formation the environmental impacts of tourism economies. Broad in scope, this book is ideal for social scientists and humanists who are interested in contemporary debates about place studies, mobility, and the located realities of globalization.
Category: Science

Civil Society Networks In China And Vietnam

Author : A. Wells-Dang
ISBN : 9780230380219
Genre : Social Science
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This book brings a fresh, original approach to understand social action in China and Vietnam through the conceptual lens of informal environmental and health networks. It shows how citizens in non-democratic states actively create informal pathways for advocacy and the development of functioning civil societies.
Category: Social Science

Tourism Management

Author : David Weaver
ISBN : CORNELL:31924105206449
Genre : Business & Economics
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Tourism Management, third edition builds upon the strength of the previous editions by introducing students to the complexities of the tourism system. The third edition has been updated with recent industry and research developments and retains the thoroughness of content and application that were established in the previous editions. A theme of this edition is looking at the challenges of tourism in a time of regional and international uncertainties and complexities as a consequence of terrorism and security threats, health issues such as SARS, natural events such as the Boxing Day tsunami and the changing geopolitical landscape. Features: New Technology in Tourism highlights the increasing role of technology tools and systems in the tourism industry, including virtual reality, artificial reefs, geographical information systems, energy cogeneration and hand-held computers.Australian and international statistics and information updated as of 2004Increased coverage of regional tourism issues and initiativesMore coverage of the key tourism players: government, industry and individuals, and their role in managing tourist systems in times of uncertaintyA thorough discussion of the economic, sociocultural and environmental impacts of tourismA chapter on sustainable tourism including ecotourism, sustainable mass tourism and industry responses and practicesA chapter on tourism research, which introduces students to the important role of research in tourismThree practical features in each chapter illustrate and reinforce the theory: Managing Tourism: illustrates how a tourism-related process, destination or company has been managed and considers the issues involved in doing so.Topics include mega cruise ships, Schoolies on the Gold Coast, tourist and dingo interactions on Fraser Island and the 100% New Zealand campaignContemporary issue: a brief case study discusses a contemporary tourism issue such as the effect of terrorism on tourism, the role of movies and TV in triggering tourism development, and the implications of climate change, 'dark' tourism and conducting research with Aboriginal Australians development in the tourism sector, including outer space tourism, and webcasting.
Category: Business & Economics

Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015054037059
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature