Buying Respectability: Philanthropy and Urban Society in Transnational Perspective, 1840s to 1930s

Buying Respectability: Philanthropy and Urban Society in Transnational Perspective, 1840s to 1930s

by Thomas Adam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253352746

ISBN-13: 9780253352743

Pub. Date: 04/01/2009

Publisher: Indiana University Press

In 19th-century Leipzig, Toronto, New York, and Boston, a newly emergent group of industrialists and entrepreneurs entered into competition with older established elite groups for social recognition as well as cultural and political leadership. The competition was played out on the field of philanthropy, with the North American community gathering ideas from Europe

Overview

In 19th-century Leipzig, Toronto, New York, and Boston, a newly emergent group of industrialists and entrepreneurs entered into competition with older established elite groups for social recognition as well as cultural and political leadership. The competition was played out on the field of philanthropy, with the North American community gathering ideas from Europe about the establishment of cultural and public institutions. For example, to secure financing for their new museum, the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art organized its membership and fundraising on the model of German art museums. The process of cultural borrowing and intercultural transfer shaped urban landscapes with the building of new libraries, museums, and social housing projects. An important contribution to the relatively new field of transnational history, this book establishes philanthropy as a prime example of the conversion of economic resources into social and cultural capital.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253352743
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part 1
1. Cultural Excursions: Museums, Art Galleries, and Libraries in a Transatlantic World
2. Heavy Luggage: The Intercultural Transfer of Models for Social Housing Enterprises
Part 2
3. How to Become a Gentleman: Philanthropy and Social Climbing
4. Bountiful Ladies: Philanthropy and Women's Place in Society
5. Giving for Good: Philanthropy and Religion
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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