in God and Government in the Ghetto

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226642062
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226642086 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the collaboration of African American churches with the city government. The first section of the book deals with the scope and theoretical foundation of activist African American churches' collaboration with government, the second investigates how activist African American churches in New York City collaborate with government, and the third section analyzes the church–state collaboration in relation to affordable housing production. The book argues that collaboration with city government may pave for politicized groups a path to an administrative form of political enfranchisement, one that may permit them access to and influence over policymaking processes.

Keywords: African American churches; city government; New York City; church–state collaboration; affordable housing; political enfranchisement; policymaking processes

Chapter.  6984 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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