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Rana Jawad

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423900

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423900.001.0001

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Conceptualising the relationship between religion and social policy II: theoretical perspectives

Conceptualising the relationship between religion and social policy II: theoretical perspectives

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(p.55) Two Conceptualising the relationship between religion and social policy II: theoretical perspectives
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Religion and faith-based welfare
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Rana Jawad

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423900.003.0003

Describes how the theorisation of social policy has developed exclusively of the role of religion in wellbeing. Even the analysis of the voluntary sector, has diluted the rich import of religion to charity and voluntary activity. It will look at the main historical-institutional perspective which historical sociologists in continental Europe and North American have adopted to explain the influence of religious political parties and institutions on social spending and the shape of poverty relief in the West. The chapter also reviews some key definitions such as the adequacy of the term ‘faith-based’ welfare, from its North American origins and uses to the present UK context. What this chapter achieves is clarification of the common ethical and intellectual grounds which concern all political, philosophical and religious ideologies concerned with the good society thereby laying the ground for the concept of ways of being. Taken together, chapters one and two show that the impact of religion on social welfare has concerned both state and non-state action in the UK – hence, it is firmly about the social order, ethics of the good society and the basic constitution of human identity.

Keywords:   Social policy, wellbeing, historical-institutionalism, ways of being, mixed economy of welfare, faith-based welfare, welfare ethics, social capitalism, welfare regimes, Catholic, Protestant, Utilitarianism, Morality

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