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Taken for granted? Exploring the relationships between social service agencies and religious congregations.

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dc.contributor.advisor Bader, Christopher David.
dc.contributor.author Polson, Edward Clayton.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of Sociology. en
dc.date.copyright 2006-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/4204
dc.description.abstract Religious congregations play a significant role in the provision of social services in American communities. While some congregations establish their own social service programs, most do not. Instead, the majority of congregations providing social services do so by forming relationships with local service organizations. To date, however, few studies have examined these relationships in detail. Drawing on interview and survey data collected from agency directors, this research explores the relationships that exist between congregations and social service agencies in one Texas city. Research findings suggest that there are four primary types of relationships that develop between congregations and service agencies. These relationship types are identified and discussed. In addition, attention is given to the ways that service agencies utilize various congregational resources in these relationships and the ways that agencies negotiate religious and secular boundaries with the congregations that they relate to. en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en
dc.subject Social service --- United States. en
dc.subject Church charities --- United States. en
dc.title Taken for granted? Exploring the relationships between social service agencies and religious congregations. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree M.A. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department Sociology. en


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