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Faith, Politics, and Power: The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives 1st Edition

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"While this book is an academic treatment of faith-based initiatives, it is also accessible to non-academic readers and it will appeal to those interested in faith-based initiatives specifically or in social movements and symbolic policy development more generally. It would be a useful text for an undergraduate social movement class or as a case study in a graduate course on religious social movements and their interaction with the state."--Sociology of Religion

"This is an impressive book...Sager's study holds timely lessons for policymakers...[A] substantial contribution to our understanding of faith-based initiatives and contemporary church-state relations in the United States."--Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

About the Author

Rebecca Sager is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199920265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199920266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Faith, Politics, and Power: The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives
Faith, Politics, and Power: The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives
Rebecca Sager
OXFORD University Press 2010

Drawing from a multi-year study Rebecca Sager has offered a comprehensive book on how Faith-Based Organizations were spawn from the Faith-Based Initiative. An insightful work, she moves easily back and forth between interviewee's dialogue and statistical data. She initiated this study at the University of Arizona where she obtained her PhD.

The Faith-Based Initiative was born in the nation's capital but raised in the states. How and why the states created these Faith-Based Organizations (FBO), policies and practices is what Sager has so cogently examined. The bringing together of President George W. Bush, conservative evangelicals, Texas politics, Charitable Choice, and the formation of FBOs deepens this books scholarship and interest. She illustrates how Bush promotes the reshaping of church-state relationship in Texas and expands it when he goes to Washington. Sager lays out Republican and conservative evangelicals strategies and demonstrate how Washington's faith-based policies have move religion to the public square. In the transition some important aspects distinguishing faith-based organizations from the founding church are blurred.

Sager often scrutinize the cynicism and passionate debates of conservatives and liberals and present some fact-based alterative for consideration. Read her research on which is more effective in delivering social services FBOs or secular entities. See how she answer the question, are the FBOs following the rules?
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