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Twinning Faith and Development: Catholic Parish Partnering in the US and Haiti

Tara Hefferan

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Kumarian Press
15 June 2007
Development studies; Charities, voluntary services & philanthropy; Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
This is one of the first in-depth studies about grassroots-to-grassroots development assistance and development spurred by non-professionals. It looks at how development is perceived and practiced by members of a Catholic parish in the US. Twinning Faith and Development documents the operation of a project in which two Catholic churches - one in the U.S. and one in Haiti - partner to spur development in Haiti. Little is known about the functioning of grassroots initiatives led by those without formal training or professional experience in conventional development, even though these direct linkages between citizens in the global north and south are becoming prominent and important channels for international development. More than 350 parishes in North America currently work with parish sisters in Haiti alone through partnerships called twinning . Hefferan explores development as it is conceived, designed, and implemented by those outside the conventional aid industry, those not considered to be development experts. She looks at both twinning's failings and its possibilities as an alternative to conventional development practices.
By:   Tara Hefferan
Imprint:   Kumarian Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781565492363
ISBN 10:   1565492366
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 June 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Twinning Faith and Development: Catholic Parish Partnering in the US and Haiti

Hefferan s study is a valuable and important contribution to our understanding of both development and religious organizations... she develops a persuasive and subtle argument that, rather than understanding development as an exclusionary discourse created and maintained by experts, it is better understood as emerging from a modernist worldview widely shared in our own culture. Hefferan s study is uniquely situated to get at this particular analysis, as her focus is not on experts, but on parishioners who become development workers through volunteer work in the church...a very timely and innovative approach to studying current issues in economic development, anthropology, and globalization. Succinctly describes the current status of professionalized development s effect upon the maintenance of the status quo, and how private volunteer development efforts must work to counter the entrenchment of this pervasive model of development.... addresses a gap in the present literature on development by examining local level engagement of lay volunteers in the field of development. Hefferan provides a compelling and insightful ethnographic analysis of the relationships between Catholic parishioners across borders and cultures. Her work sheds new light on how development is de-institutionalized - how it engages non-experts and bypasses states and nongovernmental organizations. In so doing, she shows us how development is lived by those who believe in it.


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