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Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity

Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity

by Paul K. Longmore


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190262075
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Paul K. Longmore was a respected disability rights activist and Professor of History at San Francisco State University until his unexpected death in 2010. His previous books include The Invention of George Washington and Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability. Longmore lived with significant mobility impairments as a result of childhood polio. He worked on Telethons for over two decades and believed it to be his crowning achievement. To learn more about the man and his legacy, visit

Table of Contents

Editors' Note
Chapter 1. Charity Professionals: Ambivalent Generosity and the New Business of Philanthropy
Chapter 2. Neither Public Nor Private: Telethons in the U.S. Health and Welfare System
Chapter 3. The Hidden Politics of Telethons: Where Volunteerism, Government, and Business Meet
Chapter 4. "They've Got a Good Thing with Us and We've Got a Good Thing with Them":
Telethons and Cause-Related Marketing
Chapter 5. Givers and Takers: Conspicuous Contribution and a Distinctly American Moral Community
Chapter 6. Dignity Thieves: Greed, Generosity, and Objects of Charity
Chapter 7. Suffering as Spectacle: Pity, Pathos, and Ideology
Chapter 8 "Look at Us We're Walking": Cure-Seekers, Invalids and Overcomers
Chapter 9 American and Un-American Bodies: Searching for Fitness through Technology and Sport
Chapter 10. Smashing Icons: Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
Chapter 11. "Heaven's Special Child": The Making of Poster Children
Chapter 12. Family Burdens: Parents, Children, and Disability
Chapter 13. Jerry's Kids Grow Up: Disability Rights Activists and Telethons
Conclusion: The End of Telethons and Challenges for Disability Rights

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