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

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.

Speaker(s): Nicolette Manglos-Weber
Monday, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:00pm until 1:30pm on Monday, Feb 11, 2019
100 Cummington Mall (241)
Open to General Public
Admission is free
More Info Assistant Professor of Religion and Society, School of Theology, Boston University
Boston University, Department of Sociology
Deborah Carr
Boston University