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Religiocentrism in consumption: a literature review

Nur Nadia Adjrina Kamarruddin (School of Business Management, University Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia)
Mahmut Sami Islek (Department of Tourism Management, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Türkiye)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 26 January 2023

Issue publication date: 27 February 2024




This paper aims to conceptually extend the religious aspect of consumption beyond the intrinsic motivation, i.e. religiosity, to a broader consideration of its social and cultural surroundings by highlighting the concept of “religiocentrism”.


The paper is conceptual and qualitative. It explores the concept of religiocentrism in several disciplines, including theology, politics, sociology, marketing and consumption.


The paper introduces the concept of religiocentrism in understanding religious consumption and marketing among consumers within a religious context. This paper further discusses the origin of the term religiocentrism; religiocentrism as looking beyond the intrinsic motivation, i.e. religiosity, religiocentrism from the social identity theory; past research on religiocentrism in theology, politics, sociology, education, marketing and consumption, as well as suggesting potential future research in religiocentrism within marketing and consumption studies.

Research limitations/implications

The lack of research relating to religiocentrism in marketing makes the depth of the discussion rather limited. This paper, however, does not discuss the term religiocentrism from the theology roots but focuses more on the marketing and consumption aspects of religiocentrism.


Several research papers exist within the different disciplines about religiocentrism. However, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, it can be argued that this paper is one of its kind to highlight the concept of “religiocentrism” in consumption and marketing that considers the social and cultural surroundings.



Kamarruddin, N.N.A. and Islek, M.S. (2024), "Religiocentrism in consumption: a literature review", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 207-220.



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