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Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America (Morality and Society Series) Paperback – September 15, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0226905969 ISBN-10: 0226905969 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Morality and Society Series
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226905969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226905969
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Faith in Action is a timely and intelligent work - a penetrating look at the efficacy of faith-based community activism. Wood's creative new study will appeal to sociologists of culture, politics, and religion and to anyone interested in how social movements work and continue to prosper." - Christian Smith, author of American Evangelicalism

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Over the past fifteen years, associations throughout the U.S. have organized citizens around issues of equality and social justice, often through local churches. But in contrast to President Bush's vision of faith-based activism, in which groups deliver social services to the needy, these associations do something greater. Drawing on institutions of faith, they reshape public policies that neglect the disadvantaged.

To find out how this faith-based form of community organizing succeeds, Richard L. Wood spent several years working with two local groups in Oakland, California—the faith-based Pacific Institute for Community Organization and the race-based Center for Third World Organizing. Comparing their activist techniques and achievements, Wood argues that the alternative cultures and strategies of these two groups give them radically different access to community ties and social capital.

Creative and insightful, Faith in Action shows how community activism and religious organizations can help build a more just and democratic future for all Americans.

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zwind on November 10, 2010
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The author certainly spent a lot of time gathering first-rate materials to write this descriptively actual book. The things he talks about how to promote grassroots organizations, I think, are the most helpful part of the book, while his opinion on religion doesn't include its possible violence, which is thus rendered somehow rose-colored.
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