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The other Philadelphia story : how local congregations support quality of life in urban America / Ram A. Cnaan ; with Stephanie C. Boddie ... [et al.].

By: Cnaan, Ram A.
Contributor(s): Boddie, Stephanie C.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.City in the twenty-first century book series: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2006Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 334 p.) : maps.ISBN: 9780812201628 (electronic bk.); 0812201620 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Church charities -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Faith-based human services -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia | Quality of life -- Pennsylvania -- PhiladelphiaAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Other Philadelphia story.DDC classification: 361.7/50974811 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
pt. 1. Introduction to the field of studying congregations -- pt. 2. Congregational contribution to quality of life in urban America -- pt. 3. Special congregations and subgroups -- pt. 4. Area organizations that enhance the congregational social service capacity -- pt. 5. Conclusions and implications.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-320) and index.

pt. 1. Introduction to the field of studying congregations -- pt. 2. Congregational contribution to quality of life in urban America -- pt. 3. Special congregations and subgroups -- pt. 4. Area organizations that enhance the congregational social service capacity -- pt. 5. Conclusions and implications.

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As a professor of social welfare and scholar of religion, Cnaan (Univ. of Pennsylvania) uses a unique, thorough field study of nearly 2,000 congregations in Philadelphia to probe the issue of social service delivery through religious institutions. He argues persuasively that these groups are more numerous, better positioned in neighborhoods where service needs are greatest, and more trusted and integrated into the lives of people than any other service providers. However, he also clearly documents that religious congregations are more highly segmented by race and social class than almost any other institution, so that congregations facing the greatest needs for information and services paradoxically also have the fewest resources to deliver (and vice versa). Transferring external government resources through these congregations could redress this lack of fit between needs and resources, but might thereby drown personalized, informal network connections in formal bureaucracy--there are no easy answers here. The book will be useful for graduate courses in social welfare and religion, and to scholars in both fields. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. E. Carlson Florida State University

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Ram A. Cnaan is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Chair of the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare, as well as Director of the Program for Religion and Social Policy Research, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. He is the author of The Newer Deal: Social Work and Religion in Partnership and The Invisible Caring Hand: American Congregations and the Provision of Welfare.

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