God and Government in the Ghetto: The Politics of Church-State Collaboration in Black America

God and Government in the Ghetto: The Politics of Church-State Collaboration in Black America

by Michael Leo Owens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226642070

ISBN-13: 9780226642079

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In recent years, as government agencies have encouraged faith-based organizations to help ensure social welfare, many black churches have received grants to provide services to their neighborhoods' poorest residents. This collaboration, activist churches explain, a way of enacting their faith and helping their neighborhoods. But as Michael Leo Owens demonstrates, this…  See more details below

Overview

In recent years, as government agencies have encouraged faith-based organizations to help ensure social welfare, many black churches have received grants to provide services to their neighborhoods' poorest residents. This collaboration, activist churches explain, a way of enacting their faith and helping their neighborhoods. But as Michael Leo Owens demonstrates, this alliance also serves as a means for black clergy to reaffirm their political leadership and reposition moral authority in black civil society. Drawing on both survey data and fieldwork in New York City, Owens reveals that African American churches can use these newly forged connections with public agencies to influence policy and government responsiveness in a way that reaches beyond traditional electoral or protest politics. The churches and neighborhoods, Owens argues, can see a real benefit from that influence-but it may come at the expense of less involvement at the grassroots. Anyone with a stake in the changing strategies employed by churches as they fight for social justice will find God and Government in the Ghetto compelling reading.

About the Author:
Michael Leo Owens is assistant professor of political science at Emory University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226642079
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Morality and Society Series Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Scope and Theory of Church-State Collaboration
The Extent and Support of African American Churches' Collaboration with Government     21
The Volition to Collaborate with Government     42
The Social and Political Context of New York City
Public Policy and Black Neighborhood Decline     67
Faith in Action for Neighborhood Redemption     86
Inside Church-State Collaboration
Partnering with Caesar     111
Acquiring Resources for Neighborhood Resurrection     140
Complementing Collaboration     173
Conclusion     203
Research Note     211
Notes     217
References     259
Index     293

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