Burden or Benefit?
Imperial Benevolence and Its Legacies
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Burden or Benefit? by Helen Gilbert
Book DescriptionIn the name of benevolence, philanthropy, and humanitarian aid, individuals, groups, and nations have sought to assist others and to redress forms of suffering and deprivation. Yet the inherent imbalances of power between the giver and the recipient of this benevolence have called into question the motives and rationale for such assistance. This volume examines the evolution of the ideas and practices of benevolence, chiefly in the context of British imperialism, from the late 18th century to the present. The authors consider more than a dozen examples of practical and theoretical benevolence from the anti-slavery movement of the late 18th century to such modern activities as refugee asylum in Europe, opposition to female genital mutilation in Africa, fundraising for charities, and restoring the wetlands in southern, post-Saddam Iraq.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253219602
(5983mm x 3971mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 12-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Helen Gilbert
Recasting Commodity and Spectacle in the Indigenous Americas, Paperback (September 2014)
Features color illustrations throughout, examines the ways in which contemporary indigenous peoples in different parts of the Americas have harnessed performance practices to resist imposed stereotypes and shape their own complex identities.
Performance and Cosmopolitics, Hardback (April 2007)
This ground-breaking study of cross-cultural theatre in the Australasian region focuses on theatrical events and practices in avant-garde and mainstream contexts. It explores the cultural and political dimensions of Australia's engagement with Asia and sheds light on international arts marketing and trends in cross-cultural performance training.
Postcolonial Plays, Hardback (April 2001)
This book brings together contemporary plays from Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South Africa, the Caribbean, South East Asia and India - countries which have all experienced Imperialism.
Post-Colonial Drama, Paperback (May 1996)» View all books by Helen Gilbert
The first full length study to address the ways performance has been instrumental in resisting the continuing effects of imperialism.
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Author Biography - Helen Gilbert
Helen Gilbert is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is author of Sightlines: Race, Gender, and Nation in Contemporary Australian Theatre and Post-Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics. Chris Tiffin teaches in the School of English, Media Studies, and Art History at the University of Queensland and is editor of De-Scribing Empire, South Pacific Images, and South Pacific Stories.
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