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The paradox of generosity : giving we receive, grasping we lose

Author: Christian Smith; Hilary A Davidson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
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"Determining why, when, and to whom people feel compelled to be generous affords invaluable insight into positive and problematic ways of life. Organ donation, volunteering, and the funding of charities can all be illuminated by sociological and psychological perspectives on how American adults conceive of and demonstrate generosity. Focusing not only on financial giving but on the many diverse forms generosity can  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Smith; Hilary A Davidson
ISBN: 9780199394906 0199394903
OCLC Number: 874223285
Description: 261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The paradox of giving and getting --
How generosity enhances well-being --
Generous and ungenerous America --
Understanding ungenerous Americans --
The lived experiences of generous Americans --
Conclusion --
Appendix : Additional evidence on generosity, depression, and personal growth.
Responsibility: Christian Smith, Hilary Davidson.

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