Vad är tro utan gärningar? En kvalitativ studie om ett frikyrkosamfunds sociala arbete i det sociala arbetets fält
Sammanfattning: The aim of this study is to analyze how persons who are involved in social work in onedenomination of the free church´s motivate their own and their own church's involvement inthe work, and how they view their own church´s relationships with other actors in the field ofsocial work and the importance of the work for the identity. We conducted six semi-structuredinterviews with people involved in social work of the church. The material in this study isbased on previous research about the Swedish church and social work. The result of this studyshows that the identity of the church is linked to its distinctive character, which is based onthe spiritual aspect, its openness and their resources of volunteers. The study also shows thatthere is a contest of legitimacy and recognition in the field of social work. Due to the church´sChristian profiling they experience difficulty in gaining symbolic capital, which on thecontrary is seen as an emblem within the church. Based on the empirical material the churchalso perceives itself as a complement with a lack of entrances, which results in a desire for thepublic sector to be more open to differences and cooperation.
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