Distributive Justice and Catholic Faith-in-Action: Lessons from Consumer Ethnographies.
This paper utilizes the results from three different ethnographic projects that examine the impact on distributive justice of Catholic faith-in-action. The contexts include interactions between the Catholic faithful and homeless women and their children, incarcerated juvenile felons, and Appalachian women seeking healthcare services. The research purpose of this analysis is to advance our understanding of the tension between the provision of material goods and services and Catholic religious orthodoxy from the perspectives of the providers and the recipients. Following a brief introduction, the manuscript presents a theoretical grounding followed by descriptions of the settings and results. The paper closes with a discussion of changes to the treatment of the poor by faith-based organizations based upon secular considerations of social capital.
|Main Author:||Hill, Ronald Paul.|