Faith and Social Capital After the Debt Crisis: The Laughter of Bishops

Hardcover | May 22, 2012

byAdam Dinham

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The founding father of 'social capital', Pierre Bourdieu, said that treating the church as an economic enterprise would lead to uproar, disbelief and the laughter of the bishops. Yet, in the last couple of decades, policy-makers and social scientists have increasingly sought to capitalize on faith by asking whether it produces social capital. In the context of faith-based social action in communities, this book asks what becomes of faiths when seen as social capital? Is the social subjugated to the capital part of the equation? As the debt crisis took hold, doesn't the relationship between the social and capital seem increasingly unbalanced? Using new research, theory and critical analysis, this book asks whether faiths can help rebalance society in favour of the human scale of life in communities, focusing on the value of the ordinary relationships which are already there, regardless of their wider 'use'.

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The founding father of 'social capital', Pierre Bourdieu, said that treating the church as an economic enterprise would lead to uproar, disbelief and the laughter of the bishops. Yet, in the last couple of decades, policy-makers and social scientists have increasingly sought to capitalize on faith by asking whether it produces social c...

ADAM DINHAM Reader in Religion and Society at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. He is also policy advisor to the Faith Based Regeneration Network and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Network of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK. His previous publications include Faiths, Public Policy and Civil Society, Faith...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.92 × 5.68 × 0.8 inPublished:May 22, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230276989

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List of Tables and FiguresPrefaceFaith Beyond Social CapitalRelationships in Ordinary Faiths, Public Policy and the Rise of Social CapitalCapital, Social Capital and Religious Capital Capitalism-Fetishism? Magnifying the MarketFaith in MarketsProphets or Profits?An Alternative Discourse of FaithReferencesBibliography