A Shared Future: Faith-based Organizing For Racial Equity And Ethical Democracy

Paperback | December 1, 2015

byRichard L. Wood, Brad R. Fulton

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Faith-based community organizers have spent decades working for greater equality in American society, and more recently have become significant players in shaping health care, finance, and immigration reform at the highest levels of government.

In A Shared Future, Richard L. Wood and Brad R. Fulton draw on a new national study of community organizing coalitions and in-depth interviews of key leaders in this field to show how faith-based organizing is creatively navigating the competing aspirations of America’s universalist and multiculturalist democratic ideals, even as it confronts three demons bedeviling American politics: economic inequality, federal policy paralysis, and racial inequity. With a broad view of the entire field and a distinct empirical focus on the PICO National Network, Wood and Fulton’s analysis illuminates the tensions, struggles, and deep rewards that come with pursuing racial equity within a social change organization and in society. Ultimately, A Shared Future offers a vision for how we might build a future that embodies the ethical democracy of the best American dreams.

An interview of the authors on the subject of faith leaders organizing for justice (Peace Talks Radio, copyright Good Radio Shows, Inc.) can be heard at this link: https://beta.prx.org/stories/190030

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Faith-based community organizers have spent decades working for greater equality in American society, and more recently have become significant players in shaping health care, finance, and immigration reform at the highest levels of government. In A Shared Future, Richard L. Wood and Brad R. Fulton draw on a new national study of commu...

Richard L. Wood is professor and chair in the department of sociology at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Faith in Action, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Brad R. Fulton is assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022630602X

ISBN - 13:9780226306025

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“In this timely and insightful book, Wood and Fulton examine how ‘faith-based’ community organizing can help ‘exorcise’ the three demons that harm American society today: ‘economic inequality,’ ‘racial injustice,’ and ‘policy paralysis.’ . . . This book is a very significant contribution to the growing literature on community organizing as a field and a hopeful testimony to how racial injustice can begin to be addressed constructively within one form of democratic practice.”