Religion and the social economy: elective affinities

Brown, Malcolm David (2017) Religion and the social economy: elective affinities. In: Multiculturalism and the convergence of faith and practical wisdom in modern society. Advances in Religious and Cultural Studies. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), United States, pp. 220-235. ISBN 978-1-5225-1955-3


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.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 01:28
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 01:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: religion; social economy; cultural studies
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950402 Business Ethics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1955-3.ch010

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