Charitable giving and reflexive individuals: how personal reflexivity mediates between structure and agency

Sanghera, Balihar (2017) Charitable giving and reflexive individuals: how personal reflexivity mediates between structure and agency. Social Science Information, 56 (1). pp. 28-48. ISSN 0539-0184. E-ISSN 1461-7412. (doi:10.1177/0539018416646486)

Abstract

This paper examines how individuals are reflexive beings, who interpret the world in relation to things that matter to them, and how charitable acts are evaluated and embedded in their lives with different degrees of meaning and importance. Rather than framing the discussion of charitable practices in terms of altruism/egoism binary or imputing motivations and values to social structures, the paper explains how reflexivity is an important and neglected dimension of social practices, and how it interacts with sympathy, sentiments and discourses to shape giving. The study also shows that there are different modes of reflexivity, which have varied effects on charity and volunteering.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0539018416646486
Uncontrolled keywords: charitable giving, reflexivity, agency, sentiments and discourses
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Balihar Sanghera
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 12:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54465 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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