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

Michael Leo Owens


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, is a way of enacting their faith and helping their neighborhoods. But as this book 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, the author reveals that African ... More

Keywords: government agencies, faith-based organizations, social welfare, black churches, grants, activist churches, faith, neighborhoods, black clergy, political leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226642062
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226642086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Leo Owens, author