Burden or Benefit?

Imperial Benevolence and Its Legacies

by Helen Gilbert,

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  • 9780253350770
  • 9780253027825

In the name of benevolence, philanthropy, and humanitarian aid, individuals, groups, and nations have sought to assist others and to redress forms of suffering and deprivation. Yet the inherent imbalances of power between the giver and the recipient of this benevolence have called into question the motives and rationale for such assistance. This volume examines the evolution of the ideas and practices of benevolence, chiefly in the context of British imperialism, from the late 18th century to the present. The authors consider more than a dozen examples of practical and theoretical benevolence from the anti-slavery movement of the late 18th century to such modern activities as refugee asylum in Europe, opposition to female genital mutilation in Africa, fundraising for charities, and restoring the wetlands in southern, post-Saddam Iraq.

  • Indiana University Press; March 2008
  • ISBN 9780253027825
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  • Title: Burden or Benefit?
  • Author: Helen Gilbert (ed.); Chris Tiffin (ed.)
  • Imprint: Indiana University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780253350770
  • 9780253027825
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780253350770
  • 9780253027825