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Philanthropy and the Making of a New Moral Order: A History of Developing Community

Kumar, Arun (2022) 'Philanthropy and the Making of a New Moral Order: A History of Developing Community.' Journal of Business Ethics, 177 (4). pp. 729-741. ISSN 0167-4544

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Community development, or the socio-economic transformation of local communities, has been a significant focus of organizational ethics. Such community development programmes—whether led by state, civil society, or businesses—are animated by modernization and have involved, I argue, the production of a new moral order. As part of which, communities were imagined in particular ways, historically. Drawing on a periodization of history of philanthropy of the Tata Group (India’s leading multinational conglomerate) from the 1860s onwards, I outline the four stages involved in the production of this new moral order—each with a distinct formulation of community—as part of India’s development. The shifts in imaginaries of community, I conclude, were justified and legitimized by the elites as part of the wider nation-building efforts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community development; Elites’ philanthropy; New moral order; Social imaginary; India
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 13:30
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 13:23

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