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Artaud de La Ferrière, Alexis (2018) 'Somewhere between love and justice: a Roman Catholic church in Paris responds to the European migration crisis.' International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 31 (4). pp. 397-417.

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The European migration crisis has had a transformative impact on many transit and destination localities in Europe, and in doing so it has mobilised many faith-based communities. This paper analyses the social action of Saint Bernard de La Chapelle, a Roman Catholic parish in northern Paris, which hosts a semi-formal association called Solidarités Saint Bernard (SSB) involved in support and relief activities for indigent newly-arrived migrants in the local area. Based on ethnographic research conducted within the parish and the association, I analyse how the topic of migration has become a point of exchange between the parish community and local civil society, how religious and secular discourses and motivations co-exist within SSB, and how these influences shape SSB’s social action. Through this micro-scale approach, and drawing on Luc Boltanski’s theoretical framework of regimes of action, my aim to identify conceptual elements to better understand the broad convergence between religion, social action and migration, and to better understand the relation between charity and justice within faith-based social action in the domain of migration advocacy more specifically.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Sociology of religion, Sociology of solidarity, Catholicism, Paris, Faith-based action, Migration
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 08914486
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2018. Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits use, duplication, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2018 13:17

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