Chapter

The Volition to Collaborate with Government

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226642086.003.0003
The Volition to Collaborate with Government

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This chapter provides a theoretical consideration of collaboration with government as a mode of political engagement by African American churches, emphasizing the motives, opportunities, and means for such collaboration. It suggests that church–state collaboration is neither simply the result of government seduction of churches nor just about churches' desire to reduce poverty. The chapter argues that church–state collaboration is a rational decision by black clergy leading activist churches, a choice made to achieve a set of interrelated goals they have for themselves, their church, and their community.

Keywords: African American churches; political engagement; collaboration; poverty; church–state collaboration; black clergy

Chapter.  8394 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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