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Growing God's family : the global orphan care movement and the limits of evangelical activism

Author: Samuel L Perry
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For over a decade, prominent leaders and organizations among American Evangelicals have spent a substantial amount of time and money in an effort to address what they believe to be the "Orphan Crisis" of the United States. Yet, despite an expansive commitment of resources, there is no reliable evidence that these efforts have been successful. Adoptions are declining across the board, and both foster parenting and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2016047074
(OCoLC)961208086
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel L Perry
ISBN: 9781479820788 1479820784
OCLC Number: 1015278623
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
What evangelical orphan boom? --
Culture building for change --
Orphans need families! : just not those families --
So why did you adopt? --
Costs not counted --
What will a mature evangelical movement look like? --
Conclusion --
Appendix A. Data and methods --
Appendix B. Interview guides.
Responsibility: Samuel L. Perry.

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For over a decade, prominent leaders and organizations among American Evangelicals have spent a substantial amount of time and money in an effort to address what they believe to be the "Orphan Crisis" of the United States. Yet, despite an expansive commitment of resources, there is no reliable evidence that these efforts have been successful. Adoptions are declining across the board, and both foster parenting and foster-adoptions remain steady. Why have evangelical mobilization efforts been so ineffective? To answer this question, Samuel L. Perry draws on interviews with over 220 movement leaders and grassroots families, as well as national data on adoption and fostering, to show that the problem goes beyond orphan care. Perry argues that evangelical social engagement is fundamentally self-limiting and difficult to sustain because their subcultural commitments lock them into an approach that does not work on a practical level. Growing God's Family ultimately reveals this peculiar irony within American evangelicalism by exposing how certain aspects of the evangelical subculture may stimulate activism to address social problems, even while these same subcultural characteristics undermine their own strategic effectiveness. It provides the most recent analysis of dominant elements within the evangelical subculture and how that subculture shapes the engagement strategies of evangelicals as a group. --

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