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Charitable choices [electronic resource] : religion, race, and poverty in the post welfare era / John P. Bartkowski and Helen A. Regis.

Author/Creator:
Bartkowski, John P., 1966-
Publication:
New York : New York University, c2003.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (225 p.)
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Subjects:
Church charities -- Mississippi.
Public welfare -- Mississippi.
Public welfare -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Church and social problems -- Mississippi.
Church work with the poor -- Mississippi.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Congregations and faith-based organizations have become key participants in America’s welfare revolution. Recent legislation has expanded the social welfare role of religious communities, thus revealing a pervasive lack of faith in purely economic responses to poverty.Charitable Choices is an ethnographic study of faith-based poverty relief in 30 congregations in the rural south. Drawing on in-depth interviews and fieldwork in Mississippi faith communities, it examines how religious conviction and racial dynamics shape congregational benevolence. Mississippi has long had the nation's highest poverty rate and was the first state to implement a faith-based welfare reform initiative. The book provides a grounded and even-handed treatment of congregational poverty relief rather than abstract theory on faith-based initiatives. The volume examines how congregations are coping with national developments in social welfare policy and reveals the strategies that religious communities utilize to fight poverty in their local communities. By giving particular attention to the influence of theological convictions and organizational dynamics on religious service provision, it identifies both the prospects and pitfalls likely to result from the expansion of charitable choice.
Contents:
The welfare revolution and charitable choice
Social welfare and faith based benevolence in historical perspective
Faith based poverty relief : congregational strategies
A tale of two churches : United Methodists in black and white
Debating devolution: Pentecostal and Southern Baptist perspectives
Invisible minorities : transnational migrants in Mississippi
Street level benevolence at the march for Jesus
Charitable choice : promise and peril in the post welfare era.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-203) and index.
Contributor:
Regis, Helen A., 1965-
ISBN:
0-8147-2309-8
1-4175-8814-4
OCLC:
782877919
Publisher Number:
10.18574/9780814723098 doi