Understanding Connectivity: Cosmopolitan Ethics, Faith-­based Organizations and Formation of Networks in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

University essay from Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle

Abstract: The aim of this study is to establish a comparative perspective of the Church of Sweden and Finn Church Aid (FCA) as development actors. The research will concentrate on the study of the similarities and differences of their methods and approaches. As case studies I will focus on the principles of the EAPPI program and Labeling the Origins campaigns. Methodologically, I shall study the interrelatedness of the practices and methods of specific actors with values and ethical positions and, especially, concentrate on the discussions dealing with discourses of cosmopolitanism, Christian ethics and their overlaps. Narratives are used to complement discursive analysis. The theoretical framework consists of various cosmopolitan theories that are applied to analyze the ideological aspects of the faith-based organization’s methods. The ethical aspects are presented from different perspectives to create an understanding of the diversity of how cosmopolitanism can be comprehended in relation to Christianity. The comparative perspective has created an understanding of how networks are formed and how the same themes are present in different organizations but guided by different discursive formations. This also points towards the understanding that the perspective of networks is more significant than countries or actors.

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