The Consequences of Generosity: From the Interpersonal to the Collective

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


This chapter discusses the consequences of generosity for individual givers, for interpersonal relationships, for organizations, networks, communities, and institutions, and for society, more generally, in the sphere of culture, religion, politics, and economics. For givers and receivers, some of these consequences play out in an ongoing, reciprocal process involving both rewards and sanctions, such as generosity within marital dynamics, groups, and workplaces. Findings on the dynamics of generosity within social networks, especially the flow of generous activities across social ties, are also described. Not all consequences of generosity are necessarily desirable. These multiple levels of outcomes form rippling consequences of generosity.


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  • Patricia Snell Herzog
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