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Free Trade and Faithful Globalization
Saving the Market

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107435179

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  • Through an analysis of Christian communities in the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica, this book analyzes how religious groups talk about the politics surrounding economic life. Amy Reynolds examines how these Christian organizations speak about trade and the economy as moral and value-laden spaces, deserving ethical reflection and requiring political action. She reveals the ways in which religious communities have asked people to engage in new approaches to thinking about the market and how they have worked to create alternative networks and policies governing economic and social life.

    • Uses a cross-national approach
    • Analyzes religion and political life
    • Provides applications for Christians seeking economic justice
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    • Co-Winner, 2016 Religion and International Relations Book Award, Religion and International Relations Section, International Studies Association

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This rigorously researched book provides wonderful insights for anyone who cares about the intersection of faith and the economy. Over recent decades, the free trade movement has galvanized the attention of millions, and finally we have a careful analysis that examines this topic from multiple angles. This book should be read not only by the academic community, but also by practitioners in the field. Indeed, I heartily recommend it to anyone who cares about advancing the common good."
    D. Michael Lindsay, President, Gordon College, Massachusetts

    "Amid the swirl of business activity that governs much of our lives, it is easy to imagine that free markets are the best - perhaps the only - way to orchestrate the global economy. The faith communities Amy Reynolds tracks in this engaging narrative exemplify significant alternative perspectives. This is an important contribution to our growing understanding of religion’s role in economic affairs."
    Robert Wuthnow, Gerhard R. Andlinger ’52 Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, New Jersey

    "Religion and markets allegedly belong to separate and incompatible worlds. Wrong! argues Amy Reynolds in her illuminating book. Examining the narratives of Christian communities in the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica, Free Trade and Faithful Globalization shows the deep involvement of religious groups in economic concerns such as free trade. An original and welcome contribution to the fields of religion, economic sociology, and politics, [this] book will attract a wide audience."
    Viviana A. Zelizer, Lloyd Cotsen ’50 Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, New Jersey

    "Scholars interested in public religion will benefit from this book’s detailed portrait of three religious bodies’ economic discourse. Around the world, many people view at least some aspects of global market relations critically. How would religious spokespeople generate more discussion about the morality of the global economy? Reynolds’s book has given us important starting points for inquiring further."
    Paul Lichterman, American Journal of Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107435179
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Producing market discourse
    2. Too flawed for reform: the Canadian Christian struggle for an alternative economic order
    3. Covenants and treaties: PCUSA's evolving trade policy
    4. Dialogue and development: the Costa Rican Catholic response to CAFTA
    5. The political and economic discourse of religious communities
    6. Encouraging religious communities to promote the common good.

  • Author

    Amy Reynolds, Wheaton College, Illinois
    Amy Reynolds is an assistant professor of sociology and the coordinator of the Gender Studies Certificate Program at Wheaton College, Illinois. She received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University, New Jersey, her MPP in public policy from Georgetown University, Washington DC, and her BA in sociology from Harvard University, Massachusetts. Before teaching at Wheaton College, she was a visiting Fellow at Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She previously worked for World Relief in El Salvador investigating the coffee industry and alternative markets. Her publications have appeared in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Latin American Research Review.


    • Co-Winner, 2016 Religion and International Relations Book Award, Religion and International Relations Section, International Studies Association

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