Identity in the mobilization of the wealthy in the fight to income equity

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Title: Identity in the mobilization of the wealthy in the fight to income equity
Author: Rothenberg, Sandra; Scully, Maureen
Abstract: In this paper, we look at the prospects for mobilization of the wealthy to contest widening income inequality. We begin by looking at members of an organization that supports the mobilization of grassroots groups on behalf of economic justice. We found among its members an "unexpected voice" = the voice of wealthy people grappling with their fairly invisible wealth and their own surprise that it evoked such a series of emotions and a gradual process they termed "coming out" at wealthy. We discuss the implications of this identity formation and interpretation for the organization's ability to shape a collective agenda for social change. The study locates a novel space in the intersection of business and society - where the spoils of business are used to redress social inequities, and even to reshape how business is conducted.
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Date: 2002

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