Sacred places and sustainable development

Halafoff, Anna and Clarke, Matthew 2018, Sacred places and sustainable development, Religions, vol. 9, no. 10, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.3390/rel9100299.

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Title Sacred places and sustainable development
Author(s) Halafoff, AnnaORCID iD for Halafoff, Anna
Clarke, Matthew
Journal name Religions
Volume number 9
Issue number 10
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-10
ISSN 2077-1444
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
sacred places
gender equality
Sustainable Development Goals
Summary Religious beliefs are not only profound, some of them are also pervasive, persistent and persuasive. It follows that the cultural and religious experiences of communities often play a central role in determining their worldviews and the ways in which they understand their own circumstances. These worldviews, it follows, can thereby assist in providing narratives for community development in places that have particular meaning to these communities and individuals within them, and thereby enhance the long-term success of such initiatives. One often-overlooked aspect in research up until recently is the role that these often sacred places can play in sustainable development. This paper undertakes a study of development spaces situated in sacred places, in this case of a women’s Buddhist monastery on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, devoted to gender equity. It begins with an overview of research pertaining to religion and development, religion in contemporary societies, and sacred places, and concludes with an analysis of the case study data that recognizes the need to consider the significance of sacred places, and narratives attached to them, in sustainable community development.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/rel9100299
Field of Research 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
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