Philanthropy in South Africa: Horizontality, Ubuntu and Social Justice

Philanthropy in South Africa: Horizontality, Ubuntu and Social Justice

Dominant narratives of philanthropy often portray Africans as mere recipients of aid, usually from well-endowed, Western almoners – the West distributing charity to impecunious Africans. The contributors to this volume turn this argument on its head and ask: what about the beneficent spirit of multitudes of Africans whose acts of generosity sustain millions of their compatriots?

 

Detailed Information

  • Title: Philanthropy in South Africa: Horizontality, Ubuntu and Social Justice
  • Editors: Shauna Mottiar & Mvuselelo Ngcoya
  • Publisher: HSRC Press
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • ISBN: 9780796925671
  • Bib. Info: Paperback; 224pp

Dominant narratives of philanthropy often portray Africans as mere recipients of aid, usually from well-endowed, Western almoners – the West distributing charity to impecunious Africans. The contributors to this volume turn this argument on its head and ask: what about the beneficent spirit of multitudes of Africans whose acts of generosity sustain millions of their compatriots?

This volume is unique in that it illuminates research on philanthropy in Africa by using case studies and ethnographic material to examine a number of themes: cycles of reciprocity among black professionals, social justice philanthropy, community foundations, ubuntu and giving in township and rural settings. Leading thinkers on normative aspects of philanthropy in Africa also critically explore the theories, perspectives and research on philanthropy. This well-researched book will be an invaluable resource to foundations, civil society organisations, researchers, policymakers and students of patterns of giving in South Africa.

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