Charitable giving, everyday morality and a critique of Bourdieusian theory: An investigation into disinterested judgements, moral concerns and reflexivity in the UK

Sanghera, Balihar (2011) Charitable giving, everyday morality and a critique of Bourdieusian theory: An investigation into disinterested judgements, moral concerns and reflexivity in the UK. Working paper. Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, London (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 paper aims to explain the nature of people’s moral judgements about charitable giving and volunteering. It identifies three positions on everyday morality: moral conventionalists, moral individualists and moral critics. In exploring these, it takes issue with Bourdieu’s view that giving is purely a means to an end, reinforcing the prestige, influence and economic power of the giver. Based on interviews with 41 people from different occupations and backgrounds, the research suggests this is wrong. First, it ignores the complexity of the motives for giving. Across all three categories, motives are seldom clear-cut, compassion mixing with self-interest. Second, where charitable activity is concerned, the benefits to the volunteer are as much about the satisfaction of being seen to perform a task well as about the social or material advantages that might accrue.

Item Type: Monograph (Working paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: charitable giving, everyday morality, reflexivity, moral sentiments and Bourdieusian theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 09:24 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 13:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38347 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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