Accepted paper:

Charity, philanthropy and development in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Authors:

Tom Widger (Durham University)
Filippo Osella (University of Sussex)

Paper short abstract:

This paper explores how different kinds of charitable and philanthropic giving - from forms of family support through religious charity to CSR - are transforming popular concepts of development and its practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Paper long abstract:

This paper explores how different kinds of charitable and philanthropic giving - from forms of family support through religious charity to CSR - are transforming popular concepts of development and its practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Drawing from ethnographic research conducted in the city's Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities, the paper examines how 'local' and 'global,' 'traditional' and 'modern,' ideas of 'donor' and 'recipient' are deriving from and manifesting new ways of understanding relationships between givers and receivers and the kinds of personhood and morality they imply.

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Indigenous charity, philanthropy and development