Producing the Common Good: Philanthropic Investment Practices in 20th Century Denmark

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    Since the beginning of the 1990’s, civil society has been defined in a variety of ways as; a normatively privileged site of communication and ‘the public sphere’, a resource for democratization processes and social cohesion safeguarding the common good, as well as a provider of welfare services from a welfare state in dire straits. However, such a view of civil society as a privileged sphere outside of the state and the market, predominant in both political discourse and academic debates, upholds a sharp distinction between the three sectors with each their inherent separate and distinct logic. In contradiction to this, this article claims that civil society is not a pre-existing or given sector. Instead, it argues that civil society as an empirical location, with boundaries separating it from state and market, is produced through conceptual, organisational and donation practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2018
    Number of pages25
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
    Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
    Conference number: 78


    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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