Bridging the Gaps: Faith-based Organizations, Neoliberalism, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (Hardback)Tara Hefferan (editor), Julie Adkins (editor), Laurie A. Occhipinti (editor), Bretton Alvare (author of contributions), Jacqueline L. Angel (author of contributions), Ronald J. Angel (author of contributions), Suzana Ramos Coutinho Bornholdt (author of contributions), Jill DeTemple (author of contributions), Erin Eidenshink (author of contributions), Timothy G. Fogarty (author of contributions)
Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 16/03/2009
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As neoliberal philosophies and economic models spread across the globe, faith-based non-governmental ("third-sector") organizations have proliferated. They increasingly fill the gaps born of state neglect by designing and delivering social services and development programming. This collection shines a much-needed critical light onto these organizations by exploring the varied ways that faith-based organizations attempt to mend the fissures and mitigate the effects of neoliberal capitalism and development practices on the poor and powerless. The essays-grounded in empirical case studies-cover such topics as the meaning of "faith-based" development, evaluations of faith-based versus secular approaches, the influence of faith-orientation on program formulation and delivery, and examinations of faith-based organizations' impacts on structural inequality and poverty alleviation. Bridging the Gaps demonstrates the vital importance of ethnography for understanding the particular role of faith-based agencies in Latin America, revealing both the promise and the limitations of this "new" mode of development.
Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 239 x 162 x 22 mm
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