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Covid19, Charitable Giving and Collectivism: a data-harvesting approach

Taylor-Gooby, Peter, Petricek, Tomas, Cunliffe, Jack (2021) Covid19, Charitable Giving and Collectivism: a data-harvesting approach. Journal of Social Policy, . ISSN 0047-2794. (doi:10.1017/S0047279421000714) (KAR id:90003)

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Abstract

This paper charts responses to urgent appeals by welfare charities through crowd funding websites in order to examine the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on public generosity and social cohesion in the UK. It uses a relatively new method in social policy research, data-harvesting. Online public giving to local charities for vulnerable people sky-rocketed during the crisis, despite the long-established stigmatic treatment of the able-bodied poor of working age, a decade of benefit cuts, the increased stringency of Universal Credit and the long-term downward trend in charity incomes. Welfare policy and the rhetoric that surrounds it is increasingly divisive, although most welfare spending addresses needs or risks that confront all of us. The Covid19 lockdown can be seen as a natural experiment in social inclusion. This paper shows how policy discourse that stresses common humanity in the face of a collective challenge, rather than social divisions, can help build social cohesion.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0047279421000714
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 11:23 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 11:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/90003 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Taylor-Gooby, Peter: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4825-1250
Petricek, Tomas: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7242-2208
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