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The Work-Faith Connection for Low-Income Mothers: A Research Note

Susan Crawford Sullivan

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 67, issue 1, pages 99-108
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/67.1.99
The Work-Faith Connection for Low-Income Mothers: A Research Note

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This paper examines the role of religious faith or spirituality in the work lives of low-income mothers of young children, based on forty-four in-depth interviews. Previous research on higher income workers shows that the primary role of religious faith or spirituality with regard to work is to imbue work with a greater sense of purpose and meaning. My study suggests that for very low-income mothers, the primary role is not to contribute meaning but rather to aid in surviving the low-wage service sector workplace. The paper discusses implications for faith-based social services and for future research.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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