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The Good Glow: Charity and the Symbolic Power of Doing Good

Jon Dean


We praise those people who do things for others. But the symbolic power of giving means individuals can take advantage of the glow of ‘goodness’ that charity provides. This book analyses the reality of how charity operates in the social world; how the personal benefits of giving and volunteering are vital for getting charitable acts to happen; how the altruism associated with gifts isn't always what it seems; how charity misbehaviour or bad management gets overlooked; and how charity symbols are weaponised against those who don't participate. Drawing on original data and a novel application of ... More

Keywords: giving, symbolic power, goodness, charity, volunteering, charitable acts, altruism, charity misbehaviour, bad management, charity symbols

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447340027
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Dean, author
Sheffield Hallam University