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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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Social work and social action

Social work and social action

(p.129) Four Social work and social action
Religion and faith-based welfare

Rana Jawad

Policy Press

Considers the importance of religion and spirituality in social work arguing that social policy as a subject area has much to learn from developments in social work. It offers two key illustrations of the work that religious organisations do in the areas of prison chaplaincy and bereavement counselling. The chapter takes a broad view of the notion of social work, and looks at the empirical findings of the research undertaken on social action and how religious organisations interpret this. For smaller or newer faith communities such as the Zoroastrian and Baha’i communities, the concern is less about poverty alleviation and more to do with the preservation of cultural heritage and identity. Theoretically, the chapter confirms the centrality of human nature in the understanding of religious welfare. This will help illustrate how the theoretical conceptualisation of well-being is not confined to income and social security but moves into more cultural and psychological understandings.

Keywords:   Social work, religion, faith-based welfare, strengths, assets, needs interpretation, social action, spirituality, identity, values, holism

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