Faith-based voluntary action: a case study of a French charity

Solange Montagne-Vilette, Irene Hardill, Boris Lebeau

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Following legal changes in the 1980s, the Voluntary and Community sector/économie sociale in France has become culturally diverse as faith-based organisations serving minority ethnic communities have developed, including charities inspired by religious and cultural principles of charitable giving. In this article, we use a case study of a social welfare charity established in a Parisian suburb with a culturally diverse population. Worldwide social welfare work is a priority; the charity responds to disasters, but it prioritises long-term development actions, encouraging the direct involvement of local communities. In recent years, its work has also embraced distressed communities within France.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-415
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


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