Contemporary Philanthropy in the Spotlight: Pushing the Boundaries of Research on a Global and Contested Social Practice

von Schnurbein, Georg and Rey-García, Marta and Neumayr, Michaela (2021) Contemporary Philanthropy in the Spotlight: Pushing the Boundaries of Research on a Global and Contested Social Practice. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 32. pp. 185-193. ISSN 0957-8765

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This article is intended as the leading article in a special issue devoted to the achievements, limitations, opportunities and risks entailed in the research and practice of contemporary philanthropy. The article first characterizes philanthropy as a highly diverse and dynamic set of social practices that has only recently been subject to the systematic scrutiny of an emerging field of research, parallel to its rapid transformation and increased societal visibility. The main debates that emerged during the last two decades while researching the complexities of contemporary philanthropy are contextualized from the perspective of multiple disciplines; and the main foci for contentious conceptualizations and societal expectations explored. In this context, contributions of the special issues are summarized. Further avenues for pushing the boundaries of philanthropy research in ways inclusive of the dynamism, diversity, multi-disciplinarity and controversy that characterize the field, while at the same time providing meaningful answers to societal concerns about the potential and shortcomings of new philanthropic practices, are drawn.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open Access funding provided by Universität Basel (Universitätsbibliothek Basel).
Keywords: Philanthropy, Contested concept, Power relations, Giving circles, Corporate foundations
Divisions: Departments > Management > Nonprofit Management
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 13:49
Last Modified: 19 May 2021 15:25
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