Books, Reports and Articles - 1990
center on wealth and philanthropy
"Giving and Getting: Philanthropy as a Social Relation." Susan A. Ostrander and Paul G. Schervish. In Critical Issues in American Philanthropy: Strengthening Theory and Practice, edited by Jon Van Til. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990. 67-98.
This paper explains firstly what we mean by this understanding of philanthropy as social relation. We differentiate philanthropy from two other kinds of social relations, commercial transactions and electoral politics. We lay out an array of strategies that the two major parties in the relation-donors and recipients-use to gain the attention and favorable response of the other. Finally, we consider briefly some implications of our conceptualization of philanthropy and the strategies for philanthropic practices.
"Making Money and Making a Self." Paul G. Schervish. In Principality and Individuality: The Moral Careers and Moral Biographies of the Conscientious Wealthy, by Paul G. Schervish. Under contract with the University of Chicago Press, 1990.
I analyze entrepreneurship as a moral career, a joint venture of making money and making a self. Drawing on intensive interviews with 49 entrepreneurs, I discuss how entrepreneurs move through four stages of world-building and self-construction.
"Wealth and the Spiritual Secret of Money." Paul G. Schervish. In Faith and Philanthropy in America: Exploring the Role of Religion in America's Voluntary Sector, edited by Robert Wuthnow and Virginia A. Hodgkinson. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990. 63-90.
An ever-expanding literature exhorts or documents the connection between religion and philanthropy, yet the process by which religion actually induces charitable outcomes remains largely unexamined. In this paper, I seek to take a modest first step in this direction. My purpose is to take a fresh look at the fundamental meaning of wealth and religion and to explore how and under what conditions religion opens the wealthy to a more generous and encompassing care for others.