What do we mean by philanthropy studies?
While political studies and business studies are established fields, the conceptual space between the state and market is more ambiguous. The meanings ascribed to philanthropy vary considerably and different frames of study –philanthropic studies, social economy, social entrepreneurship, voluntary sector studies, civil society studies, non-profit management – compete for primacy and academic respectability.
For this special feature, Alliance is looking at teaching and research on the history, theory and practice of private contributions for the public good. In reality, instances of this may be hard to spot as courses are held – with rare exceptions – under the auspices of a specific school or discipline.
What we have included here are academic chairs or centres where philanthropy forms part of the name or there are degrees and courses with the word ‘philanthropy’ in the title, or where teaching about philanthropy constitutes an identifiable part of the curriculum.