Constructing Need and Fostering Trust: Grassroots Leaders at the Nexus of Religious and Social Welfare Fields in Uganda

12:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019
1:30 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019
Contact Name:
Deborah Carr
This research examines how grassroots leaders caring for community needs in Uganda come to occupy the positions they do, with a focus on how they construct a sense of the need to be addressed and foster trust in their relations to donors and constituents. Dr. Nicolette Manglos Weber employs and extends a field theoretic approach, showing how leaders use their social positioning and practical knowledge acquired in the religious field to be successful within the social welfare field. Her broader offering is a conceptual language for talking about overlapping relations between fields, and exploring other cases of social field overlap; and for seeing the possibilities for transformative agency when persons are positioned across multiple fields.