Community Caregivers in Uganda: Popular Religion and an Emerging Social Field

12:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019
1:30 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019
Contact Name:
Arlene Brennan
This paper is about Christian and Muslim women leaders in Uganda who are working to address the broader care needs of their communities in both urban and rural settings. I describe these community caregivers as players in an emerging social field focused on solving Uganda's pervasive crisis of care, caused by the undermining of traditional care infrastructure and the failed interventions of foreign and domestic governance organizations. I argue that this ostensibly "secular" field is nonetheless enabled by religious modes of practice, and embedded in Ugandan popular religion and the religious social ecology. *Reading the working paper in advance is required for attendance.* Co-sponsored with the School of Theology