Dismantling the Battle Plan: An In-Depth Study of the Practices of the Salvation Army
Michigan Sociological Review
The Salvation Army is one of the largest social charities in America today, and it is widely accepted that the Salvation Army does a tremendous amount of positive work to help the poor and those in need of assistance. However, it has been suggested that the Salvation Army is not simply a benign social charity, but rather is a religious sect which engages in various moral entrepreneurial activities for its own economic and political benefit while simultaneously discriminating against its own employees. The purpose of this exploratory study will be to critically examine how the Salvation Army treats those persons who seek its assistance. One Salvation Army officer and seven men who were clients in a Midwestern Salvation Army detox center were qualitatively interviewed as part of this study. A content analysis of the interviews revealed that respondents were being used as a labor pool for Salvation Army economic activities and that respondents felt coerced to accept the Christian faith during their time with the Salvation Army.
Brandi Schorey and Christopher Bradley (2005).
Dismantling the Battle Plan: An In-Depth Study of the Practices of the Salvation Army. Michigan Sociological Review.19, 63-85.