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Religion, public policy and equalizing opportunities

Green, A., Barton, A. and Johns, Nicholas 2012. Religion, public policy and equalizing opportunities. Critical Social Policy 32 (4) , pp. 517-535. 10.1177/0261018311435029

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This paper examines the role of Faith-Based Groups (FBGs) in social and public policy. Specifically it provides an analysis of the conflicts that can arise between the culture and values of different FBGs and welfare provision. Its purpose is to clarify the source of this conflict and to contribute a balanced discussion on how equality legislation should apply to different religious groups. We commence by providing some historical and policy context, but rapidly move on to discuss very current and contemporary debates that are taking place in FBGs and in government. The use of a model showing the way that particular social welfare provision contributes to equality of opportunity and/or community cohesion allows the reader to clearly see where the tensions can arise for policy makers in deciding where to allocate provision.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: community cohesion; faith-based groups
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0261-0183
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 02:23

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