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What's in a Name?: Social welfare agencies' engagement with government beyond 'religious', 'faith-based' and 'secular' terminology

Third Sector Review
Volume 20 Issue 1 (Jun 2014)

Abstract: Government contracting with not-for-profit agencies, particularly those characterised as 'religious' and 'faith-based', to deliver social welfare has been the subject of substantial research in the United States and the United Kingdom in recent years. In contrast, attention to the role of 'religious' and 'faith-based' agencies in service delivery in Australia has been relatively limited. This paper explores conceptual issues relating to research into the impact on 'church-related' not-for-profit social welfare agencies in Australia of engagement in government contracting. It commences with a critical analysis of typologies in recent US and UK literature that use the terminology 'religious', 'faith-based' and 'secular', and identifies why this terminology is not analytically helpful. An alternative conceptual approach is developed, to guide research into the engagement of these agencies with government focusing on issues of governance, identity and mission.

To cite this article: Hynd, Douglas. What's in a Name?: Social welfare agencies' engagement with government beyond 'religious', 'faith-based' and 'secular' terminology [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jun 2014: 163-183. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=535446878681501;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1323-9163. [cited 23 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Hynd, Douglas; Source: Third Sector Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jun 2014: 163-183 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1323-9163 Subject: Public welfare administration; Social policy; Assimilation (Sociology); Christian sociology; Philosophy and religion; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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