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4.1 | 2013
Religion and development
Religion et développement

Religion as a Social Substitute for the State: Faith-Based Social Action in Twenty-First Century Brazil (abstract)

Eliott Mourier
p. 79-94
This article is a translation of:
Le religieux comme suppléant social de l’Etat : l’action sociale confessionnelle dans le Brésil du XXIe siècle

Abstract

Dynamic and pluralist religion plays a vital role in development in contemporary Brazil. As advisors that supplement and, occasionally, even substitute for a state bureaucracy absent or overwhelmed in many vulnerable areas, Brazilian religious organisations are once again becoming the favoured partners of the state. This reconfiguration is taking place under markedly different conditions than in the colonial era, when the throne and the altar worked together in an intimate relationship. Since then, successive constitutions have imposed the legal separation of politics and religion. On a social level, however, the two spheres today appear dedicated to cooperation. This chapter analyses the current tendency of the Brazilian government to ‘contract’ an increasing number of religious entities to deliver and manage many of its social development responsibilities in ‘public-religious partnerships’. In light of this trend, the time has come to reconsider the historical relationship between the state and the Church(es) in Brazil, a phenomenon currently characterised by the advent of a ‘supplemental secularism’.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference : Mourier, E. (2013) "Religion as a Social Substitute for the State: Faith-Based Social Action in Twenty-First Century Brazil", in International Development Policy: Religion and Development, No.4, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 79-94.

References

Bibliographical reference

Eliott Mourier, « Religion as a Social Substitute for the State: Faith-Based Social Action in Twenty-First Century Brazil (abstract) »,International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement, 4.1 | 2013, 79-94.

Electronic reference

Eliott Mourier, « Religion as a Social Substitute for the State: Faith-Based Social Action in Twenty-First Century Brazil (abstract) », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 4.1 | 2013, Online since 14 February 2013, connection on 24 September 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/1391 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.1391

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About the author

Eliott Mourier

Doctoral candidate in political science at the Centre de recherche et de documentation des Amériques at the Institut des hautes études de l’Amérique latine (IHEAL) at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III. He is currently drafting a dissertation entitled ‘Rôles et pratiques sociales des organisations religieuses dans le Brésil du XXIe siècle: vers une reconfiguration des rapports entre politique et religieux’ [The Roles and Social Practices of Religious Organisations in Brazil in the Twenty-first Century : Toward a Reconfiguration of the Relationship Between the Political and Religious Spheres].

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Copyright

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