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The problem of riches: is philanthropy a solution or part of the problem?

Breeze, Beth (2008) The problem of riches: is philanthropy a solution or part of the problem? In: Maltby, Tony and Kennett, Patricia and Rummery, Kirstein, eds. Social Policy Review 20: Analysis and debate in social policy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-1-84742-076-3. (doi:10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.003.0009) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter is a response to the call for research agenda focusing on the ‘problem of riches’. It suggests that the topic of philanthropy fits within this agenda yet is under-researched in the social sciences. In this chapter, original research into the distinctive features of contemporary UK philanthropists is presented, based on a secondary analysis of the governing documents, annual reports and other documentary evidence relating to the philanthropic acts of 150 of the most significant major UK donors in the 2006. Drawing on the literature, the chapter then discusses the ways in which philanthropy can both solve and contribute to the problem of riches. Both the data and literature review are used to evaluate the extent to which significant charitable gifts made by wealthy people can tackle the ‘problem of the riches’ such as inequality, the tension between private affluence and public squalor and the promotion of happiness. The chapter ends by concluding that philanthropy is often perceived to be part of the problem of the riches, but at the same time, it also has the potential to become a viable solution.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.003.0009
Uncontrolled keywords: problem of riches, philanthropy, UK philanthropists, charitable gifts, wealthy people, inequality, private affluence, public squalor, promotion of happiness
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Beth Breeze
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 12:52 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 04:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36130 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Breeze, Beth: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9458-9404
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