A Public Charity: Religion and Social Welfare in Indianapolis, 1929-2002

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Indiana University Press, 2004 - Social Science - 173 pages

Using Indianapolis as its focus, this book explores the relationship between religion and social welfare. Arising out of the Indianapolis Polis Center's Lilly-sponsored study of religion and urban culture, the book looks at three issues: the role of religious social services within Indianapolis's larger social welfare support system, both public and private; the evolution of the relationship between public and private welfare sectors; and how ideas about citizenship mediated the delivery of social services. Noting that religious nonprofits do not figure prominently in most studies of welfare, Mapes explores the historical roots of the relationship between religiously affiliated social welfare and public agencies. Her approach recognizes that local variation has been a defining feature of American social welfare. A Public Charity aims to illuminate local trends and to relate the situation in Indianapolis to national trends and events.

Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture--David J. Bodenhamer and Arthur E. Farnsley II, editors

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Mary L. Mapes is a social historian specializing in the relationship between public and private social welfare agencies. She is currently Adjunct Professor of History at Lake Forest College.

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