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Routledge Research in Religion and Development


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The Routledge Research in Religion and Development series focuses on the diverse ways in which religious values, teachings and practices interact with international development.

While religious traditions and faith-based movements have long served as forces for social innovation, it has only been within the last ten years that researchers have begun to seriously explore the religious dimensions of international development. However, recognising and analysing the role of religion in the development domain is vital for a nuanced understanding of this field. This interdisciplinary series examines the intersection between these two areas, focusing on a range of contexts and religious traditions.

We welcome book proposals on diverse themes such as faith-based development organisations; religious players in health programming; proselytization and development; religion and the environment; gender, religion and development; religion and post-colonialism; and indigenous communities and development.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).

Series Editors:

Matthew Clarke, Deakin University, Australia

Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds, UK

Nathan Loewen, University of Alabama, USA 

Editorial board:

Carole Rakodi, University of Birmingham, UK

Gurharpal Singh, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Jörg Haustein, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Christopher Duncanson-Hales, Laurentian University, Canada

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African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonization of Development: Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches

African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonization of Development: Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Philipp Öhlmann, Wilhelm Gräb, Marie-Luise Frost
January 27, 2020

This book investigates the substantial and growing contribution which African Independent and Pentecostal Churches are making to sustainable development in all its manifold forms. Moreover, this volume seeks to elucidate how these churches re-shape the very notion of sustainable development and...

Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response

Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Olivia J. Wilkinson
December 12, 2019

This book investigates the ways in which the humanitarian system is secular and responds to religious beliefs and practices when responding to disasters. The book teases out the reasons why humanitarians are reluctant to engage with what is seen as 'messy' cultural dynamics within the communities...

The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka

The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Praveena Rajkobal
November 25, 2019

This book provides an important case study of how local cultures, religions and spiritualties can enhance development activities, and provide helpful frameworks for contemporary societies facing the pressures of neoliberalism. It specifically traces how the influential Sri Lankan Sarvodaya Movement...

Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development

Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development

1st Edition

Dena Freeman
September 06, 2019

This book gives an in-depth analysis of the role of faith in the work of Tearfund, a leading evangelical relief and development NGO that works in over 50 countries worldwide. The study traces the changing ways that faith has shaped and influenced Tearfund’s work over the organisation’s 50-year...

Negotiating Religion and Development: Identity Construction and Contention in Bolivia

Negotiating Religion and Development: Identity Construction and Contention in Bolivia

1st Edition

Arnhild Leer-Helgesen
June 25, 2019

This book argues that relationships between religion and development in faith-based development work are constructed through repeated processes of negotiation. Rather than being a neat and tidy relationship, faith-based development work is complex and multifaceted: an ongoing series of negotiations...

Development Across Faith Boundaries

Development Across Faith Boundaries

1st Edition

Anthony Ware, Matthew Clarke
April 16, 2019

Faith-based organisations (FBOs) have long been recognised as having an advantage in delivering programs and interventions amongst communities of the same faith. However, many FBOs today work across a variety of contexts, including with local partners and communities of different faiths. Likewise,...

Religion and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia

Religion and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia

1st Edition

Carole Rakodi
April 05, 2019

This book analyses how religion is entangled in people’s lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. It provides an introduction to the teachings, practices and values promoted by the main religious traditions in these regions and an overview of the evidence on what religion means to people in...

Religion and Development in the Asia-Pacific: Sacred places as development spaces

Religion and Development in the Asia-Pacific: Sacred places as development spaces

1st Edition

Matthew Clarke, Anna Halafoff
January 08, 2019

Community development is most effective and efficient when it is situated and led at the local level and considers the social behaviours, needs and worldviews of local communities. With more than eight out of ten people globally self-reporting religious belief, Religion and Development in the...

Christianity’s Role in United States Global Health and Development Policy: To Transfer the Empire of the World

Christianity’s Role in United States Global Health and Development Policy: To Transfer the Empire of the World

1st Edition

John Blevins
July 09, 2018

In recent years, the role of religion in influencing international health policy and health services provision has been seen as increasingly important. This book provides a social history of the relationship between religion and America's international health policy and practice from the latter...

Between Humanitarianism and Evangelism in Faith-based Organisations: A Case from the African Migration Route

Between Humanitarianism and Evangelism in Faith-based Organisations: A Case from the African Migration Route

1st Edition

May Ngo
April 10, 2018

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,...

Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Hinduism and urbanisation in Jaipur

Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Hinduism and urbanisation in Jaipur

1st Edition

Yamini Narayanan
April 11, 2017

The speed and scale of urbanisation in India is unprecedented almost anywhere in the world and has tremendous global implications. The religious influence on the urban experience has resonances for all aspects of urban sustainability in India and yet it remains a blind spot while articulating...

Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising sustainable cities for South Asia

Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising sustainable cities for South Asia

1st Edition

Yamini Narayanan
November 26, 2015

Conceptions of 'sustainable cities' in the pluralistic and multireligious urban settlements of developing nations need to develop out of local cultural, religious and historical contexts to be inclusive and accurately respond to the needs of the poor, ethnic and religious minorities, and women....

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