‘Can you spare me a minute?’ How do face to face charity fundraisers contest place, and perform passion and suffering?

Hugh Crosfield

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


Over the last twenty years geographers have shown an interest in the ways that corporeality and body- emotion connections are transformed by various workplace practices. More recently, geographers have argued that production and consumption practices are often entwined, and that the ethics of consumption are motivated by ideas of the self in relation to close and distant others. Using data from twenty interviews and ‘field’ observations, this dissertation approaches the charity face to face fundraiser workplace from three angles: it analyses how fundraisers contest public places and rhythms; it considers how fundraisers perform economies of passion; and in making a statement about the exchange of symbolic capital for gifts, it considers how fundraisers stage suffering and virtue, and distance and proximity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2008

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