9780739123065

Patronizing the Public American Philanthropy's Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities

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  • ISBN13:

    9780739123065

  • ISBN10:

    0739123068

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-16
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy's Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities is the first detailed and comprehensive examination of how American philanthropic foundations have shaped numerous fields, including dance, drama, film, film-music, folklore, journalism, local history, museums, publishing, radio, and television, as well as the performing arts and the humanities in general. Drawing on an impressive range of archival and secondary sources, the chapters in this volume give particular attention to the period from the late 1920s to the late 1970s, a crucial time for the development of philanthropic practice. To this end, they examine how patterns and directions of funding have been based on complex negotiations involving philanthropic family members, elite networks, foundation trustees and officers, culture/media workers, academics, state officials, corporate interests, and the general public. By addressing both the contours of philanthropic power as well as the processes through which that power has been enacted, it is hoped that this collection will reinforce and amplify the critical study of philanthropy's history. Book jacket.

Author Biography

William J. Buxton is professor of communication studies at Concordia University in Montral.

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