A Theology of Community Organizing: Power to the people

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    Abstract

    The rising importance of community organizing in the US and more recently in Britain has coincided with the developing significance of social movements and identity politics, debates about citizenship, social capital, civil society, and religion in the public sphere. At a time when participation in formal political process and membership of faith groups have both declined dramatically, community organizing has provided a new opportunity for small community groups, marginalized urban communities, and people of faith to engage in effective political action through the developments of inter-faith and cross-cultural coalitions of groups. In spite of its renewed popularity, little critical attention has been paid to community organizing. This book places community organizing within debates about the role of religion in the public sphere and the rise of public theology in recent years. The book explores the history, methodology, and achievements of community organizing, engaging in a series of conversations with key community organizers in the US and Britain. This volume breaks new ground by beginning to articulate a cross-cultural and inter-faith ‘Theology for Community Organizing’ that arises from fresh readings of Liberation Theology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAbingdon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Number of pages210
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315880532
    ISBN (Print)9780415890939
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Studies in Religion
    PublisherRoutledge

    Keywords

    • community groups
    • politics
    • Civil society
    • religion
    • social movements
    • sociology & social policy
    • political theology

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