Handbook of Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizing and Voluntary Action

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Handbook of Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizing and Voluntary Action

Concepts, Applications and Future Directions

9781800371804 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Roseanne M. Mirabella, Associate Professor, College of Business and Public Management, Kean University, US, Tracey M. Coule, Emeritus Professor, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and Angela M. Eikenberry, Professor and Director, School of Public Policy, University of Connecticut, US
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 180 4 Extent: c 512 pp
This insightful Handbook brings together leading and emerging scholars within the field of nonprofit organization, serving as a call to action for academics to interrogate key contemporary issues such as backsliding and authoritarianism. It meticulously distinguishes traditional, often marginalist perspectives from nuanced counterarguments to balance out the field.

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This insightful Handbook brings together leading and emerging scholars within the field of nonprofit organization, serving as a call to action for academics to interrogate key contemporary issues such as backsliding and authoritarianism. It meticulously distinguishes traditional, often marginalist perspectives from nuanced counterarguments to balance out the field.

The Handbook of Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizing and Voluntary Action illustrates opportunities and challenges for future researchers within the sector and presses the reader to imagine a better, more equitable future. Chapters employ a variety of vital theoretical lenses, for example utilizing postcolonial theory, critical feminist theory, queer theory, critical disability theory and post-structural theory. They provide a timely, inter-contextual narration of the many roles enacted by nonprofit and voluntary organizations today.

Approaching nonprofit organizing as an ever-expanding topic, this crucial Handbook will be an important read for scholars of critical management studies, public administration, and public policy. It will additionally benefit researchers within the philanthropic studies field hoping to gain insight into the future of their discipline.
Critical Acclaim
‘The authors in this volume ably demonstrate critical scholarship of nonprofit organizing, and voluntary action by going beyond traditional analysis to application of critical theory perspectives in interrogating and challenging systemic and structural issues that shape organizations and their behaviours and reproduce various forms of exclusion and coloniality. I highly recommend the book to those interested in understanding the multiple domains of practice in critical scholarship of nonprofits.’
– Jacob Mwathi Mati, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

‘The evidence base on nonprofits is dominated by managerialist and functionalist perspectives. This Handbook goes a considerable way to redress this. Building a global collection of contributions the editors have compiled a book which, as a whole, illuminates the social structures leading to oppression, highlights the ways in which these structures shape nonprofit behaviour, and more optimistically, offers alternative pathways towards social change. It has pride of place in my essential reading list.’
– Simon Teasdale, Queen''s University Belfast, UK

‘The interdisciplinary field creatively identified as “nonprofit organizing and voluntary action” by the three leading scholars who have co-edited this welcome and substantial Handbook, has passed through founding stages focused on interpretive and positivist research. The time has now come, its more than forty contributing authors assert and demonstrate, to deepen such scholarship by developing critical guidance for researchers, students, and readers devoted to creating the civic sector anew.’
– Jon Van Til, Rutgers University, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Susan Appe, Carole Bain, Donna Baines, Erynn Beaton, Ellen Bennett, Abhishek Bhati, Heather Carpenter, Tracey M. Coule, Elizabeth J. Dale, Stephen Danley, Jon Dean, Luciane Lucas dos Santos, Matt Dowse, Tiara Dungy, Angela M. Eikenberry, Maureen Emerson Feit, Shiv Ganesh, Joel Gehringer, Annie Herro, Daniel King, Kirk A. Leach, Angela R. Logan, Seth J. Meyer, Roseanne M. Mirabella, Rocío Nogales Muriel, Ashley Nickels, Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Martin Parker, Beth Patmore, Peili Pey, Jack Philips, Kate Prendella, Andrew Russo, Billie Sandberg, Mackenzie Schnell, Ibrahim Shafau, Shariq Siddiqui, Jennifer Sumner, Geoffrey C. Upton, Kim Williams-Pulfer, Kareem K. M. Willis, Zachary Wood, Ming Xie, Meenakshi Yadav
Contents
Contents
Introduction to the Handbook of Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizing
and Voluntary Action 1
Angela M. Eikenberry, Tracey M. Coule, and Roseanne M. Mirabella
PART I OVERVIEW OF THE FIELD: A REVIEW OF CRITICAL
CIVIL SOCIETY RESEARCH
1 The nature of critical global civil society scholarship: reviewing the
state of the art 1972–2021 23
Angela M. Eikenberry, Jennifer Dodge, and Tracey M. Coule
2 Economic democracy through the lenses of the epistemologies of the South 43
Luciane Lucas dos Santos
3 Oppression, exploitation and possibilities for emancipation under
neoliberalism: nonprofit organizing and voluntary action from the view
of critical theory and postmodernism 60
Billie Sandberg and Andrew Russo
4 The roots of critical nonprofit scholarship: a reflective framework 76
Ellen Bennett and Beth Patmore
PART II CRITICAL THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO THE STUDY
OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZING AND VOLUNTARY ACTION
5 Decolonizing nonprofit, NGO and development higher education:
valuing indigenous knowledge in the Majority World 92
Roseanne M. Mirabella, Heather Carpenter and Ibrahim Shafau
6 The racialization of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations: a critical
analysis of white supremacy and economic injustice in the sector 108
Angela R. Logan and Maureen Emerson Feit
7 Feminist care ethics as an alternative to effective altruism: problems
and prospects 123
Annie Herro and Franklin Obeng-Odoom
8 Burn it to the ground: Queer theory, (hetero)normativities, and binaries
in nonprofit organizations 137
Seth J. Meyer, Elizabeth J. Dale and Kareem K. M. Willis
9 The postmodern public sphere: ICT, misinformation, and simulated
civil society 154
Joel Gehringer
10 Climatic assemblies: the plurality of environmental non-governmental
organisations in climate governance 169
Peili Pey
11 Nonprofit organising and the hybridity thesis: a critical management
studies critique 185
Tracey M. Coule and Carole Bain
12 State maps of the nonprofit sector: a critique (in times of autocratization) 200
Susan Appe
PART III APPLICATIONS OF CRITICAL NONPROFIT AND
VOLUNTARY ACTION THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
13 Empowering decolonial knowledge production within international
nonprofit research associations 220
Shariq Siddiqui, Kim Williams-Pulfer, and Tiara Dungy
14 Neocolonialism’s perpetuation of institutional life of disabled
individuals through the rhetoric of philanthropy and charity 236
Kate Prendella and Roseanne M. Mirabella
15 Decolonizing fundraising narratives in international nongovernmental
organizations 252
Abhishek Bhati and Angela M. Eikenberry
16 Putting the community back into community land trusts: community
control, collective ownership and a return to radical roots 268
Jennifer Sumner and Graham Hughes
17 Critical race theory and nonprofits: rethinking leadership and governance 284
Brandi Blessett and Stephen Danley
18 Latino Critical and Critical Race Theory as drivers of social innovation:
fighting HIV/AIDS in the Texas Latino community 300
J. Brandon Philips
19 ‘A real spark’: resistance in nonprofit care work in the context of
neoliberalism and a crisis in public health 315
Donna Baines
20 Pimped for charity: a feminist analysis of sexual harassment in fundraising 327
Erynn E. Beaton
21 Critical approaches for culture and the arts in a context of eco-social transitions 343
Rocío Nogales-Muriel
22 Becoming SMART: a case study examining the formation of
a voluntary and community-sector professional 359
Daniel King
23 Neoliberalism, legalism and human rights in medium-sized
international nongovernmental organizations 374
Geoffrey C. Upton
24 Critical volunteering studies: perspectives from theory, society, and UK policy 390
Jon Dean
25 What do social movements really do? Towards a communicative
approach to studying the accomplishments of movement organizing 404
Shiv Ganesh, Meenakshi Yadav and Mackenzie Schnell
26 Power, democracy and community development in the US: three cases 418
Ashley E. Nickels, Zachary D. Wood and Kirk A. Leach
27 Collaboration in hard times: partnerships, vulnerability and managerialism 434
Matt Dowse and Martin Parker
28 Neoliberal discourse and environmental justice: case studies of
environmental nonprofit organizations in China 449
Ming Xie
29 Conclusion: reimagining nonprofit organizing and voluntary action scholarship 466
Angela M. Eikenberry, Roseanne M. Mirabella, and Tracey M. Coule
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