Patronizing The Public

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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, film, film-music, folklore, journalism, local history, museums, publishing, radio, and 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 this 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, they examine how patterns and directions of funding have been based on complex negotiations involving philanthropic family members, elite networks, foundation trustees and officers, culture/media 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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May 2010 CHOICE
This nicely edited and useful collection of essays concerns the impact of philanthropy on communications, arts and culture in the US from 1920 to 1970.... The essays are well written, and the footnotes are carefully done and reflect research in the most recent secondary scholarship. Any solid research library will want this volume. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739123058
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Critical Media Studies
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Buxton is professor of communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal.
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Table of Contents

Preface William J. Buxton ix

1 Civil Society and its Discontents: Bringing Culture, Communication, and the Humanities into the History of Philanthropy William J. Buxton 1

2 From the Rockefeller Center to the Lincoln Center: Musings on the "Rockefeller Half-Century" William J. Buxton 23

3 Transformation and Continuity in Rockefeller Child-Related Programs: Implications for the Emergence of Communications as a Field of Concern Theresa Richardson 43

4 Communication Practice and Theory in the "New Humanities" and "New General-Education" Programs of Rockefeller Philanthropy, 1933-1940 William J. Buxton 65

5 The Rockefeller Foundation and Pan American Radio Gisela Cramer 77

6 Hollywood Bypass: MoMA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and New Circuits of Cinema Haidee Wasson 101

7 An "Art of Fugue" of Film Scoring: Hanns Eisler's Rockefeller Foundation-Funded Film Music Project (1940-1942) Johannes C. Gall 123

8 "Sugar-coating the Educational Pill": Rockefeller Support for the Communicative Turn in Science Museums Manon Niquette William J. Buxton 153

9 The Political Economy of Rockefeller Support for the Humanities in Canada, 1941-1957 Jeffrey Brison 195

10 Inadvertent Architects of Twentieth-Century Media Convergence: Private Foundations and the Reorientation of Foreign Journalists Marion Wrenn 227

11 Screen Technology, Mobilization, and Adult Education in the 1950s Charles R. Acland 261

12 The Television Activities of the Fund for the Republic Anna McCarthy 281

13 "The Weakest Point in Our Record": Philanthropic Support of Dance and the Arts Julia L. Foulkes 309

Index 325

About the Contributors 347

About the Cover 351

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