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Brazilian elites and their philanthropy, wealth at the service of development, Jessica Sklair

"This book explores the philanthropy of Brazilian elites during a key period in recent Brazilian history, from Workers Party president Lula's last term in office through to the election of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Against this backdrop of political upheaval, the book asks what philanthropy can reveal about the role of corporate and wealth elites in upholding the structures of socioeconomic inequality that continue to define Brazilian society. The book argues that around the world the private sector's growing engagement in international development has led to the emergence of a global philanthropic project centred on practices of 'philanthrocapitalism' and 'social finance', which ultimately seeks to legitimise global capitalism and the elite interests it serves. Drawing on an in-depth and wide-ranging ethnographic study among philanthropists and their advisors in over 30 Brazilian foundations and intermediary organisations, the book combines a structural critique of the capitalist ideologies underlying philanthropic practice with a robust exploration into the ways in which wealthy Brazilians appropriate philanthropy directly to legitimise elite reproduction and the accumulation of wealth. Researchers across Latin American studies, development studies and the anthropology of development will find this book a timely contribution to the under-researched areas of elite studies and the study of philanthropy"-- Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction: The Many Stories of Brazilian Philanthropy -- The Brazilian Philanthropy Sector: Locating an Elite Practice -- Ways of Giving and Ways of Being Wealthy: Philanthropy and Elite Identity -- "Social Responsibility is in our DNA": Historical Narratives in a Brazilian Family Business -- Investimento Social Privado and Philanthrocapitalism: The Contours of Brazilian Philanthropy -- Incorporating the Entrepreneurial Poor: The Strategies of Brazilian Philanthropy -- Transforming Philanthropists and their Practice: The Work of Intermediaries -- Ten Years On and a Path Divided: Impact Investing, Grantmaking and the Future of Philanthropy -- Conclusion Philanthropy, Development and the Reproduction of the Wealth Elite
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (208 pages).
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