CONTESTING THE BOUNDARIES OF RELIGION IN SOCIAL MOBILIZATION

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Abstract

This paper seeks to contribute to an understanding of the dynamics of religion in social mobilization. It argues that existing approaches to the study of the role of religion in social mobilization have been insufficiently nuanced and have failed to probe the multiple and often contradictory influences that religion can have on mobilization channels. On the basis of three qualitative case studies, from Malaysia, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, we identify three key ingredients for religion to act as a catalyst for social mobilization: theological resources, sacred spaces, and their interaction with the wider context. This leads us to conclude that the boundaries of the ‘religious’ dimension of social mobilization are fluid, and that the religious element of social mobilization can never be disentangled from its social and political context.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCentre for Development Studies, University of Bath
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

Publication series

NameBath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing
No.4

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Brown, G., Deneulin, S., & Devine, J. (2009). CONTESTING THE BOUNDARIES OF RELIGION IN SOCIAL MOBILIZATION. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; No. 4). Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.