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American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather Price


This book answers what, how much, who, where, and why questions of generous activities. This book takes an interdisciplinary approach that defines generosity as expressed through multiple forms of giving. The focus is on three primary forms of giving: donating money, volunteering time, and taking political action. Also explored are participation in giving blood, bodily organs, material possessions, relational attention, and participating in environmental sustainability. All findings are based on data from the Science of Generosity Initiative, combining a nationally representative survey of adu ... More

Keywords: donations, volunteering, civic engagement, relational support, social psychological, survey, ethnographies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190456498
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Snell Herzog, author
Assistant Professor, Depratment of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas

Heather Price, author
Senior Associate, Basis Policy Research LLC