The role of religious ritual in social capital formation for poverty alleviation and social development : theoretical and methodological points of departure of a South African exploration

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dc.contributor.author Wepener, Cas, 1972-
dc.contributor.author Swart, Ignatius, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Ter Haar, Gerrie
dc.contributor.author Haar, Gerrie ter
dc.contributor.author Barnard, Marcel, 1957-
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-21T07:02:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-21T07:02:48Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.description.abstract The article is a presentation of a South African research project in which researchers in the fields of ritual-liturgical studies and social development are collaborating to explore the role of religious ritual in the kinds of social capital formation that have a direct significance and implication for alleviating poverty and promoting social development at grassroots level. Focusing on Christian congregations in poor socio-economic contexts in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the aim of the research is to understand social capital formation through the lens of religious ritual. The research project builds on the hypothesis that social capital has a role to play in the related goals of poverty alleviation and social development, something which it seeks to conceptualise and explore in greater detail. Within this framework the discussion explores and contextualises the conceptual link between social capital and the practice of religious ritual in present-day South African society by drawing on existing research and theoretical debates, both nationally and internationally. This enables the authors to present some additional notes on the key theoretical, conceptual and methodological points of departure of the undertaken project. These are followed by a number of concluding observations about the modes of investigation and action steps through which the research topic is currently being further developed. en
dc.identifier.citation Wepener, C, Swart, I, Ter Haar, G & Barnard, M 2010, 'The role of religious ritual in social capital formation for poverty alleviation and social development : theoretical and methodological points of departure of a South African exploration', Religion & Theology, vol. 17, no. 1/2, pp. 61–82. [http://www.brill.nl/rt] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1023-0807
dc.identifier.issn 1574-3012 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1163/157430110X517924
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/15891
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Brill en_US
dc.rights © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 en_US
dc.subject Religious rituals en
dc.subject Social capital formation en
dc.subject Value formation en
dc.subject Social development en
dc.subject Poverty alleviation en
dc.subject Participatory action research en
dc.subject.lcsh Social capital (Sociology) -- Religious aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Poverty -- Religious aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Rites and ceremonies -- South Africa en
dc.title The role of religious ritual in social capital formation for poverty alleviation and social development : theoretical and methodological points of departure of a South African exploration en
dc.type Postprint Article en


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