Towards a typology of critical nonprofit studies: A literature review

COULE, Tracey, DODGE, Jennifer and EIKENBERRY, Angela (2020). Towards a typology of critical nonprofit studies: A literature review. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

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    Abstract

    This review examines scholarship in key nonprofit journals over four decades. Its purpose is to: 1) analyze the extent, nature, and contribution of critical nonprofit scholarship and its trajectory over time, and 2) call on scholars, research institutions, and journals in the field to engage the kinds of insights these increasingly marginalized approaches bring, providing space for them to join, challenge and shape the research conversation. Findings show only 4% of articles published within the period examined adopt critical approaches, with great variability in the ways articles exemplify core tenets of critical scholarship, and a general dampening of critical work over time. This conservatism may result from the rejection of less understood philosophies and methodologies of critical inquiry in favor of more mainstream (positivistic) models of social science. Our primary contribution is to advance a typology explicating the pluralism inherent in critical approaches to nonprofit studies, their strengths and limitations.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Science & Public Administration; 1503 Business and Management; 1605 Policy and Administration; 1607 Social Work
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764020919807
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2020 17:49
    Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 09:19
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26050

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