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Author Ngo, May, author

Title Between humanitarianism and evangelism in faith-based organisations : a case from the African migration route / May Ngo
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Series Routledge research in religion and development
Routledge research in religion and development
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; List of acronyms; 1. Introduction; Religion and politics -- an entanglement; Reconsidering humanitarianism and development; The ethnographic encounter; On the African migration route; Outline of the book; References; 2. Reflections on an ethnography: Faith and migration; Change of research direction; Participant observation; Informants; Anonymity of sources; Interviews and consent process; Documentation; Fieldwork as encounter
Positionality, limitations and vulnerabilities in the ethnographic encounterEthnography as political intervention; Case study; References; 3. Transnational faith communities: Improvisation and invention; Protestant presence in Morocco; The emergence of EEAM in Morocco; Transnational religious community; 'Declaration of Faith' as a response to challenges; Emergence of the CEI within the context of sub-Saharan African irregular migration; Improvisations and inventions: response to necessity; Conclusion; Notes; References; 4. External relations: "If God is for us, who can attack us?"
Relations with the State: Islam and politics in the Moroccan stateRelations with CEI donors; Conclusion; Notes; References; 5. Organisational mission and identity: "They are one"; Between evangelism and social action: a wider context; CEI Internal Rules; An enchanted humanitarianism: "Priests of Gods" or humanitarian workers?; A message of (Christian) presence in a Muslim country; Conclusion; References; 6. Internal dynamics: Staff precariousness and staff misconduct; Staff and volunteer structure; Precariousness of fieldworkers: mini-case studies
Vulnerability of fieldworkers: a discourse of Christian goodwill and commitment"Rendering prayerful"; Managing staff misconduct: "We do not throw away people"; Conclusion; References; 7. Conclusion; Implications of the research; References; Index
Summary Religion has always played an important, if often contested, role in the public domain. This book focuses on how faith-based organisations (FBOs) interact with the public sphere, showing how faith-based actors are themselves shaped by wider processes and global forces such as globalisation, migration, foreign policy and neoliberal markets. Focusing on a case study of an FBO in Morocco which gives aid to sub-Saharan African irregular migrants, the book reveals some of the challenges the organisation faces as it tries to negotiate at once local, national and international contexts through their particular Christian values. This book contends that the contradictions, tensions and ambiguities that arise are primarily a result of the organisation having to negotiate a normative global secular liberalism which requires a strict demarcation between religion and politics, and religion and the secular. Faith-based actors, particularly within humanitarianism, have to constantly navigate this divide and in examining the question of how religious values translate into humanitarian and development practices, categories such as religion, the secular and politics and the boundaries between them will need to be interrogated. This book explores the diversity and complexity of the work of FBOs and will be of great interest to students and researchers working at the intersections of humanitarianism and development studies, politics and religion
Subject Eglise évangélique au Maroc
Eglise évangélique au Maroc. Comité d'entraide internationale
Eglise évangélique au Maroc.
Church and social problems -- Morocco
Faith-based human services -- Morocco
Humanitarianism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Immigrants -- Services for -- Morocco
Immigrants -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Church and social problems.
Emigration and immigration.
Faith-based human services.
Immigrants -- Services for.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Services.
Morocco -- Emigration and immigration
Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315561476
1317201469 (electronic bk.)
9781317201465 (electronic bk.)