What Do Successful Religious Groups And Unions Working For Social Justice Have In Common?

March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

A couple of thoughts. Any others you can think of?

  • Give people meaning in their lives
  • Group equality – sense of group shared identity
  • Shared cultural practice – songs, food, meetings/prayer
  • Safety of common historic reference points
  • Shared investment in the structure – time and money invested
  • Regular coming together at events
  • Social proof – ‘everyone who lives here is part of it’
  • Family tradition – parental activity has huge impact on future life
  • Proof of value – working conditions getting better/funerals, weddings, christenings
  • Respect within the group, not necessarily given to the group from external elites
  • Geographic local community combined with the big picture of an inter-generational narrative

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