Governing Gifts

Faith, Charity, and the Security State

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Erica Caple James
School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
  • Albuquerque, NM: 
    University of New Mexico Press
    , April
     272 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Troy Mikanovich forthcoming.


This collection investigates the intersections between faith-based charity and secular statecraft. The contributors trace the connections among piety, philanthropy, policy, and policing. Rather than attempt to delimit what constitutes so-called faith-based aid and institutions or to reify the concept of the state, they seek to understand how faith and organized religious charity can be mobilized—at times on behalf of the state—to govern populations and their practices. In exploring the relationship between faith-based charity and the state, this volume contributes to discussions of the boundaries between public and private realms and to studies on the resurgence of religion in politics and public policy. The contributors demonstrate how the borders between faith-based and secular domains of governance cannot be clearly defined. Ultimately the book aims to expand the parameters of what has typically been a US-centric discussion of faith-based interventions as it explores the concepts of faith, charity, security, and governance within a global perspective.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Erica Caple James is Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology and Urban Studies at MIT.

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