Faith and Social Capital After the Debt Crisis

Faith and Social Capital After the Debt Crisis

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The founding father of 'social capital', Pierre Bourdieu, said that treating the church as an economic enterprise would lead to uproar, disbelief and the laughter of the bishops. Yet, in the last couple of decades, policy-makers and social scientists have increasingly sought to capitalize on faith by asking whether it produces social capital. In the context of faith-based social action in communities, this book asks what becomes of faiths when seen as social capital? Is the social subjugated to the capital part of the equation? As the debt crisis took hold, doesn't the relationship between the social and capital seem increasingly unbalanced? Using new research, theory and critical analysis, this book asks whether faiths can help rebalance society in favour of the human scale of life in communities, focusing on the value of the ordinary relationships which are already there, regardless of their wider 'use'.I explore what this means for religious actors in civil society as they a#39;performa#39; social capital, and how it is experienced. ... the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), has funded a a#39;religious literacy leadership programmea#39;anbsp;...

Title:Faith and Social Capital After the Debt Crisis
Author:Adam Dinham
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-04-24


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