Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy's Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities

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William J. Buxton
Lexington Books, Aug 16, 2009 - Social Science - 362 pages
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Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy's Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities is the first detailed and comprehensive examination of how American philanthropic foundations have shaped numerous fields, including dance, drama, education, film, film-music, folklore, journalism, local history, museums, radio, television, as well as the performing arts and the humanities in general. Drawing on an impressive range of archival and secondary sources, the chapters in the volume give particular attention to the period from the late 1920s to the late 1970s, a crucial time for the development of philanthropic practice. To this end, it examines how patterns and directions of funding have been based on complex negotiations involving philanthropic family members, elite networks, foundation trustees and officers, cultural workers, academics, state officials, corporate interests, and the general public. By addressing both the contours of philanthropic power as well as the processes through which that power has been enacted, it is hoped that this collection will reinforce and amplify the critical study of philanthropy's history.

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Bringing Culture Communication and the Humanities into the History of Philanthropy
Musings on the Rockefeller HalfCentury
Implications for the Emergence of Communications as a Field of Concern
Chapter 4 Communication Practice and Theory in the New Humanities and New GeneralEducation Programs of Rockefeller Philanthropy 19331940
Chapter 5 The Rockefeller Foundation and Pan American Radio
MoMA the Rockefeller Foundation and New Circuits of Cinema
Hanns Eislers Rockefeller FoundationFunded Film Music Project 19401942
Rockefeller Support for the Communicative Turn in Science Museums
Chapter 9 The Political Economy of Rockefeller Support for the Humanities in Canada 19411957
Private Foundations and the Reorientation of Foreign Journalists
Chapter 11 Screen Technology Mobilization and Adult Education in the 1950s
Chapter 12 The Television Activities of the Fund for the Republic
Philanthropic Support of Dance and the Arts
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William J. Buxton is professor of communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal.

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