Patronizing the Public

Patronizing the Public : American Philanthropy's Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities

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Patronizing the Public is the first detailed and comprehensive examination of how American philanthropy has transformed culture, communication, and the humanities. Drawing on an impressive range of archival and secondary sources, the chapters in the volume shed light on philanthropic foundations have shaped numerous fields, including film, television, radio, journalism, drama, local history, museums, as well as art and the humanities in general.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 362 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 657.71g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073912305X
  • 9780739123058

Table of contents

Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Civil Society and its Discontents: Bringing Culture, Communication, and the Humanities into the History of Philanthropy Chapter 3 2. From the Rockefeller Center to the Lincoln Center: Musings on the "Rockefeller Half-Century" Chapter 4 3. Transformation and Continuity in Rockefeller Child-Related Programs: Implications for the Emergence of Communications as a Field of Concern Chapter 5 4. Communication in the "New Humanities" and "New General-Education" Programs of Rockefeller Philanthropy, 1933-1940 Chapter 6 5. The Rockefeller Foundation and Pan-American Radio Chapter 7 6. Hollywood By-Pass: MoMA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and New Circuits of Cinema Chapter 8 7. An "Art of Fugue" of Film Scoring: Hanns Eisler's Rockefeller Foundation-Funded Film Music Project (1940-1942) Chapter 9 8. "Sugar-coating the Education Pill": Rockefeller Support for the Communicative Turn in Museums Chapter 10 9. The Political Economy of Rockefeller Support for the Humanities in Canada, 1941-1957 Chapter 11 10. Inadvertent Architects of 20th Century Media Convergence: Private Foundations and the Reorientation of Foreign Journalists Chapter 12 11. Screen Technology, Mobilization, and Adult Education in the 1950's Chapter 13 12. The Television Activities of the Fund for the Republic Chapter 14 13. "The Weakest Point in Our Record": Philanthropic Support of Dance and the Arts
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Review quote

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. CHOICE, May 2010
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About William J. Buxton

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