The Manifestations of Generosity: From Cooperation to Social Justice

  • Patricia Snell Herzog
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity book series (PSAMSS)


Using findings from the Science of Generosity Initiative and other studies, this chapter details the various manifestations of generosity, such as giving money, possessions, time, attention, aid, encouragement, and emotional availability. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between philanthropy and generosity. Other important manifestations include cooperation, informal helping, relational generosity, charitable giving, volunteering, political action, blood and organ donation, and social justice. People can make generous gifts through a charitable, philanthropic, or civic organization or through less formal means, including within marriages, family relationships, and social networks. Macro-, meso-, and micro-level social goods are explained and provide a conceptual framework for understanding the focus of each study.


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