Deconstruction of charity. Postmodern ethical approaches

Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies – Copyright © 2013


PAGES | 72-99           

LANGUAGE | English

ISSN| 1583-0039

HOW TO CITE| SANDU, Antonio, & Caras, A. (2013). Deconstruction of charity. Postmodern ethical approaches. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, 12(36), 72-99. ISSN 1583-0039. WOS:000327725600004.

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Charity, as a social construct, is considered in various interpretative contexts, in a subjectively manner, social progress. The meta-narration about charity as Christian duty, by passing through the secular interpretive and atomizer context of postmodernity, becomes a narrative about social responsibility and equity in ethical dimension, and is translated into restorative community practices in social action plan. We will pursue the constructive interpretive contexts that generated the idea of social policies and social work practice as a contemporary deconstruction of charity. The thesis of the article is that the process of deconstruction of charity, as a religious value which regulates in a Christian manner the reference to the other, is the foundation of restorative social policies and professionalized social work as a social action. We will analyze the deconstruction of Christian idea of charity from two perspectives, namely the secularization of charitable practices and constructive foundation of a particular meta-story of our times which we call secular society and/or knowledge society.


charity, deconstruction, social construct, social policies, community practices, ethical justification, secularization, Christian ethics.