Expressions of charity and action towards justice: faith-based welfare in urban New Zealand

Conradson, David (2008) Expressions of charity and action towards justice: faith-based welfare in urban New Zealand Urban Studies, 45, (10), pp. 2117-2141. (doi:10.1177/0042098008094876).


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Christian churches have long been involved in responding to social need in New Zealand cities. Since the formation of city missions in the late 19th century, their engagements have variously encompassed emergency relief, social housing, orphanages and residential aged care. In recent years, the churches and their affi liated social service operations have also sought to intervene in the political and social processes that contribute to disadvantage in New Zealand. The article analyses this movement towards a more explicit concern for social justice, with specifi c reference to developments among a set of Christian social service organisations in the city of Christchurch between 1999 and 2006. Alongside transformations in local services, national lobbying to highlight the situation of disadvantaged social groups has been an important element of this transition. The analysis offers insights into the place of faith-based welfare organisations within socio-political settings that might be characterised as ‘third way’ or ‘after neo-liberalism’.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0042098008094876
ISSNs: 0042-0980 (print)
Keywords: welfare, faith-based, urban, new zealand, neoliberalism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
ePrint ID: 65431
Date :
Date Event
September 2008Published
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:59
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