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Governing Gifts

Faith, Charity, and the Security State

Edited by Erica Caple James

This collection investigates the intersections between faith-based charity and secular statecraft. The contributors trace the connections among piety, philanthropy, policy, and policing. Rather than attempt to delimit what constitutes so-called faith-based aid and institutions or to reify the concept of the state, they seek to understand how faith and organized religious charity can be mobilized—at times on behalf of the state—to govern populations and their practices. In exploring the relationship between faith-based charity and the state, this volume contributes to discussions of the boundaries between public and private realms and to studies on the resurgence of religion in politics and public policy. The contributors demonstrate how the borders between faith-based and secular domains of governance cannot be clearly defined. Ultimately the book aims to expand the parameters of what has typically been a US-centric discussion of faith-based interventions as it explores the concepts of faith, charity, security, and governance within a global perspective.

2019. 272 pp., 6 x 9

Editor: Erica Caple James
Contributors: Maurizio Albahari, Mona Atia, Catherine Besteman, Elisabeth S. Clemens, Chris Garces, C. Julia Huang, Arzoo Osanloo, Daromir Rudnyckyj, Sarah A. Tobin

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Chapter One. Introduction: The Varieties of Religious Governance
Erica Caple James

Chapter Two. A Believing and Benevolent Nation: Religious Mobilization as Infrastructural Power in American Political Development
Elisabeth S. Clemens

Chapter Three. The End(s) of Compassion? Buddhist Charity and the State in Taiwan
C. Julia Huang

Chapter Four. Subjecting the State to Seeing: Charity, Security, and the Dispossessed in Iran’s Islamic Republic
Arzoo Osanloo

Chapter Five. Prisons of Charity: Christian Exceptionality and Decarceration in Ecuador’s Penal State
Chris Garces

Chapter Six. “We haven’t risked our life for food and shelter”: Mediterranean Migrations, Contentious Charity, and Justice
Maurizio Albahari

Chapter Seven. Hostile Charity: Somali Refugees and Risk in a New Security Age
Catherine Besteman

Chapter Eight. Policing Philanthropy and Criminalizing Charity in the “War on Terror”
Erica Caple James

Chapter Nine. Prophets and Profits: The Jordanian Government’s Strategies for Defining and Containing Risk in Volatile Times
Sarah A. Tobin

Chapter Ten. Islamic Charities, Calculative Regimes, and the Promotion of Entrepreneurial Subjects in Egypt
Mona Atia

Chapter Eleven. Neoliberal Faith: Risk and the Representation of Death in Indonesia
Daromir Rudnyckyj

Chapter Twelve. Epilogue: Faith-Based Charity and Neomodern Statecraft
Erica Caple James


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