Questioning generosity in the Golden Age of Philanthropy: Towards critical geographies of super-philanthropy

Iain Hay, Samantha Muller

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    Abstract

    This is the golden age of philanthropy. Over the 55-year period 1998–2052, bequests to charity in the USA alone are estimated to be between $109 and $454 billion per year. This paper exhorts geographers to give critical attention to less-than-charitable consequences of the so-called ‘new philanthropy’ among the super-rich. It sets out a number of areas that appear to warrant critical geographical inquiry, including: bonds between philanthropic engagement and place; diaspora philanthropy; jurisdictional taxation arrangements favouring the wealthy and super-rich; characteristics of culturally variegated philanthropy; and philanthropy’s geographical links with spaces of exploitation and territories of guilt.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)635-653
    Number of pages19
    JournalProgress In Human Geography
    Volume38
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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