Crafting philanthropic identities

Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey

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Abstract

A salient if under-researched feature of the new age of global inequalities is the rise to prominence of entrepreneurial philanthropy, the pursuit of social goals through philanthropic investment in projects animated by entrepreneurial principles. This chapter proposes a typology of the philanthropic identities that wealthy individuals craft during their philanthropic journeys. The scale of philanthropic ambition is closely linked to the type of identity assumed, allied to the dominant philanthropic orientation adopted, whether institutional or transformational. Some philanthropists, who assume a localized perspective, seek to re-embed disadvantaged communities to which they feel allegiance. Others, desiring social transformation, aspire to re-set current systems through the scale of their endeavours. Four generic philanthropic identities are explored, labelled ‘local hero’, ‘pillar of society’, ‘social crusader’ and ‘game changer’ respectively. In making sense of philanthropic identities, this chapter extends theoretical approaches to the study of contemporary entrepreneurial philanthropy, still at a pre-paradigmatic, embryonic stage.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations
EditorsAndrew D. Brown
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford Univerity Press; Oxford
Number of pages30
StatusAccepted/In press - 17 Jun 2018

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Crafting
Philanthropy
Social Transformation
Philanthropists
Salient
Allegiance
Rise
Pursuit
Paradigmatics
Journey
Local Heroes
Sensemaking
Ambition

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Maclean, M., & Harvey, C. (Accepted/In press). Crafting philanthropic identities. In A. D. Brown (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations Oxford: Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford.

Crafting philanthropic identities. / Maclean, Mairi; Harvey, Charles.

Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. ed. / Andrew D. Brown. Oxford : Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford, 2018.

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Maclean, M & Harvey, C 2018, Crafting philanthropic identities. in AD Brown (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford, Oxford.
Maclean M, Harvey C. Crafting philanthropic identities. In Brown AD, editor, Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. Oxford: Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford. 2018
Maclean, Mairi ; Harvey, Charles. / Crafting philanthropic identities. Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. editor / Andrew D. Brown. Oxford : Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford, 2018.
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