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Sacred AidFaith and Humanitarianism$
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Michael Barnett and Janice Stein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916023.001.0001

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Bridging the Sacred and the Profane in Humanitarian Life

Bridging the Sacred and the Profane in Humanitarian Life

(p.211) 9 Bridging the Sacred and the Profane in Humanitarian Life
Sacred Aid

Andrea Paras

Janice Gross Stein

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses two arguments on the basic differences between “secular” and “religious” organizations. It first studies the creation of the layered and complicated meanings of the sacred in the life of modern humanitarian organizations. It then studies two religious and two secular organizations and how they express and give meaning to the sacred. The chapter also discusses the consequences of the creation of the sacred, which is common to both secular and religious organizations, and shows how these organizations connect with the “profane” and with the world.

Keywords:   secular organizations, religious organizations, sacred, humanitarian organizations, profane

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