Religion and the social economy: elective affinities

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Brown, Malcolm David. 2017. "Religion and the social economy: elective affinities." Pascal, Ana-Maria (ed.) Multiculturalism and the convergence of faith and practical wisdom in modern society. United States. IGI Global. pp. 220-235
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Religion and the social economy: elective affinities

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2177
Book TitleMulticulturalism and the convergence of faith and practical wisdom in modern society
Authors
AuthorBrown, Malcolm David
EditorsPascal, Ana-Maria
Page Range220-235
SeriesAdvances in Religious and Cultural Studies
Chapter Number10
Number of Pages16
Year2017
PublisherIGI Global
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISBN9781522519553
9781522519560
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-1955-3.ch010
Web Address (URL)https://www.igi-global.com/book/multiculturalism-convergence-faith-practical-wisdom/169333
Abstract

This chapter presents 'elective affinities' between, on the one hand, strands in contemporary religiosity that seek to rediscover or reinterpret older religiosities in a contemporary context and idiom (e.g. liberation theology, multi-faith activity, the SBNR - spiritual but not religious - phenomenon, and the new monasticism), and, on the other hand, the contemporary phenomenon of the social economy (social business, social enterprise, and the sharing economy). As the social economy occupies a space between the values of capitalism and the strategies of socialism, rooted in a civil society that strives to maintain a freedom from both the economy and the state, so these religious phenomena occupy a space between secularisation and sacralisation, between a separation of church and state and a subsumption of state under church. They are all concerned with social justice now (rather than after the revolution), and bear witness to a potential for religious and societal transformation.

Keywordsreligion; social economy; cultural studies
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020389999. Other economics not elsewhere classified
441099. Sociology not elsewhere classified
500499. Religious studies not elsewhere classified
470299. Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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