In this paper, we examine two dimensions of social interface as key contributors to spiritual capital in the coastal community of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. These include an extended set of interactional networks or meaning-making processes that serve as the base for communal spirituality and a committed sense of personal spiritual calling. Our findings reveal how spiritual capital, which is made up of both organised religious practices and individual spiritual beliefs, brings about a commitment to social responsibility and to the environment and contributes both to community well-being and to the development of sustainable tourism. The value of our work lies not only in its provision of theoretical insights, but also in its potential to inform policy-making activities aimed at the promotion of the sustainable growth of tourism in Cox’s Bazar, where concerns and expectations related to the sector remain overlooked.
Saxena, G., Mowla, M. M., & Chowdhury, S. (2020). Spiritual capital (Adhyatmik Shompatti) – a key driver of community well-being and sustainable tourism in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2020.1745216