Faiths, government and regeneration: a contested discourse

Richard Farnell

in Faith in the public realm

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420305
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302285 | DOI:
Faiths, government and regeneration: a contested discourse

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This chapter uses the concept of discourse to capture and explore the diverse stakeholder perspectives on the role of faith in community renewal and urban regeneration. It specifically identifies three contrasting discourses: ‘instrumentalist’ (policy makers want something), ‘sceptical’ (partners doubt the efficacy of a faith contribution) and ‘critical’ (faiths discontinue engagement due to the risk of becoming delivery agents for the government). In this chapter, the strands of these discourses on faiths, government and regeneration are unravelled to develop a better understanding and foundations for policy and practice. This chapter begins by outlining the series of propositions regarding the elements of the discourse, defined in relation to the main stakeholders. These propositions are further assessed through the exploration of a case study based on the primary research for the London Borough of Lewisham in 2006 to 2007.

Keywords: role of faith; community renewal; urban regeneration; faiths; government; regeneration; stakeholder

Chapter.  7004 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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