Life on the Breadline: The Role of Christians in Tackling Poverty in the UK

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This chapter examines Christian engagement in tackling poverty in the UK over the last decade. We draw on three years of research which included interviews with 16 national UK Church leaders, an online survey with over 100 regional Church leaders, and six ethnographic case studies in Birmingham, London, and Manchester. We examine the different ways that Christians are responding to poverty in the UK—including caring, campaigning and advocacy, enterprise, and self-reliance—and explore the theological and ethical values that underpin their social action. We show that a key challenge facing both society and the Church is whether the Church is willing to use its social capital to resource campaigns seeking to transform structural injustice, rather than confining itself to welfare-based responses to poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAction on Poverty in the UK
EditorsSarah Page, Martin Coates, Julie Tipping, Juliette Frangos, Katy Goldstraw
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-37182-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-37181-3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameSustainable Development Goals
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Poverty
  • Christianity
  • Austerity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

Institute themes

  • Faith and Peaceful Relations


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