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Giving to be civil or civic?: A social origins analysis of charitable giving in Sweden
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Centre for Civil Society Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1453-6186
2020 (English)In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The reasons people have to give money to charities varies between different societal settings. This article explores the interaction between individual and social reasons to give in Sweden, a country representing a distinct type of such settings. The purpose of the article is to addresses not only the question of how much that is donated and to what, but to also provide an interpretation of why people give and what it means to give in this national context. Social origins theory is used to analyse results gathered from a national survey on civic participation in Sweden. The results show that giving in Sweden is widespread, small-scale and relatively uniform across different groups of givers. It is concluded from this that giving is mainly a civil act performed for personal reasons and to a lesser degree a civic act with significance for the social standing of the donor.

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2020.
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Charity, philanthropy, giving, welfare state, social origins
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Social Sciences
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Social välfärd med inriktning mot civilsamhället
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7985DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2020.1717158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7985DiVA, id: diva2:1392504
Available from: 2020-02-07 Created: 2020-02-07 Last updated: 2020-02-07

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