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Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare

Associational Life and Religion in Contemporary Africa and Latin America

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  • Explores the role that faith-based institutions play in deepening African and Latin American civil society
  • Suggests how faith-based organizations might build social solidarity in Africa and Latin America
  • Of relevance to scholars in political science, sociology, social policy and, perhaps, religious studies

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy (PSRPP)

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The case studies in this volume examine the activities of faith-based institutions in a representative sample of African and Latin American countries, including societies with and without a dominant religious tradition, and states with different levels and types of government-provided social services. Among other questions, the chapters examine the types of social service activities faith-based organizations engage in; their effect on civil society and democratic processes; their influence on the character of local and national communities; and what new pressures would be brought to bear on state-provided services if these faith-based organizations ceased to exist. 


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Theoretical Considerations

Editors and Affiliations

  • Political Science, Olney Hall, La Salle University, Philadelphia, USA

    Miguel Glatzer

  • Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, Washington, USA

    Paul Christopher Manuel

  • Deans Office, Alumni Hall, Saint Anselm College, Goffstown, USA

    Christine A. Gustafson

About the editors

Miguel Glatzer is professor of political science at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Christine A. Gustafson is professor of politics at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.

Paul Manuelis a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown

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