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dc.contributor.authorPower, M.*
dc.contributor.authorSmall, Neil A.*
dc.contributor.authorDoherty, B.*
dc.contributor.authorStewart-Knox, Barbara*
dc.contributor.authorPickett, K.E.*
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-15T11:51:57Z
dc.date.available2017-06-15T11:51:57Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationStewart-Knox B (2017) "Bringing heaven down to earth”: The purpose and place of religion in UK food aid. Social Enterprise Journal. 13(3): 251-267.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/12226
dc.descriptionyesen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper uses data from a city with a multi-ethnic, multi-faith population to better understand faith-based food aid. It aims to understand what constitutes faith-based responses to food insecurity; compare the prevalence and nature of faith-based food aid across different religions; and explore how community food aid meets the needs of a multi-ethnic, multi-faith population. Methodology The study involved two phases of primary research. In phase one, desk-based research and dialogue with stakeholders in local food security programmes was used to identify faith- based responses to food insecurity. Phase two consisted of 18 semi-structured interviews involving faith-based and secular charitable food aid organizations. Findings The paper illustrates the internal heterogeneity of faith-based food aid. Faith-based food aid is highly prevalent and the vast majority is Christian. Doctrine is a key motivation among Christian organizations for their provision of food. The fact that the clients at faith-based, particularly Christian, food aid did not reflect the local religious demographic is a cause for concern in light of the entry-barriers identified. This concern is heightened by the co-option of faith-based organizations by the state as part of the ‘Big Society’ agenda. Originality This is the first academic study in the UK to look at the faith-based arrangements of Christian and Muslim food aid providers, to set out what it means to provide faith-based food aid in the UK and to explore how faith-based food aid interacts with people of other religions and no religion.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://doi.org/10.1108/SEJ-06-2017-0035en_US
dc.rightsThis article is © 2017 Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here: https://bradscholars.brad.ac.uk. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.en
dc.subjectBig Society; Ethnicity; Faith; Religion; Food banks; Food insecurity; Food aiden_US
dc.title"Bringing heaven down to earth”: The purpose and place of religion in UK food aiden_US
dc.status.refereedyesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2017-06-14
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-14T00:00:00Z


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