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Book Review Section: Religion and Voluntary Organizations in Crisis:by Stephen Yeo London: Croom Helm, 1976. 426pp. S29.50

Book Review Section: Religion and Voluntary Organizations in Crisis:by Stephen Yeo London: Croom Helm, 1976. 426pp. S29.50


Book Review SectionReligion and Voluntary Organizations in Crisisby Stephen Yeo London: Croom Helm, 1976. 426pp. S29.50 SAGE Publications, Inc.1978DOI: 10.1177/089976407800700318 Barbara J. Blaszak Medaille College Voluntary associations aspire to shape themselves along certain idealistic lines, however the pressures of the real world prevent the fulfillment of those aspirations: such is Stephen Yeo's thesis in ReliQion and Voluntary Organizations in Crisis. Set in Reading, England, the book examines the problems encountered by that town's voluntary associations,. both religious and secular, as they attempted to come to terms with the socio-economic developments of the period frou 1890 to 1914. Specifically, Yeo argues that the environment created by the continuing evolution of the capitalist system offered Reading's voluntary associations opportunities for growth, while, at the same time, prevented them from making the most of those opportunities. For example, Yeo points out that as local industry grew, Reading grew, forcing churches and chapels to expand to accomodate the increase in population and changes in urban geography. However, expansion was expensive because economic growth had inflated land prices and building costs. Thus the church or chapel was saddled with a debt that prevented it from spending on the sorts of activities, both charitable
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