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Owens develops sound theoretical arguments, moving beyond past definitions of patronage, co-optation, and church-government relationships in general to provide a carefully nuanced set of terms and definitions with pragmatic and philosophical value for the future of faith-based initiatives." (Judith Birgen, american Journal of Sociology ). Just ALL THE premium. Without a hint of sentimentality or nostalgia for an idealized black church, Owens lays bare the contributions, challenges, and contradictions inherent in collaborative efforts among black churches and state structures.