Faiths, Public Policy and Civil Society: problems, policies, controversies

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Dinham, Adam (2009)
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Subject: L200 | L350 | L430

Using empirical data and theory, this book explores the role of faiths as public actors; their contribution to welfare services, how they help build community cohesion - and break it down - and what it means for them to be involved in new modes of governance. It asks whether their emphatic presence threatens the public table, or might it stimulate a new and helpful way of doing things? The very idea of faiths at the public table raises controversy: what ;faith' is and what 'faiths' are, the relationship between faiths, public policy and civil society; and questions about the role - for that matter the legitimacy - of public faith. This book brings those controversies to the surface and rethinks what faiths bring to the public sphere.
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