Compassion, Inc: How Corporate America Blurs the Line Between What We Buy, Who We Are, and Those We Help


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University of California Press
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6.32 X 9.23 X 0.83 inches | 1.02 pounds
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About the Author

Mara Einstein is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College. She is the author of Brands of Faith: Marketing Religion in a Commercial Age. She has worked as a senior marketing executive in both broadcast and cable television as well as at major advertising agencies.


"Einstein's book is a powerful call to be more attentive to whether we're letting ourselves try to be philanthropic on the cheap by "giving" to others when we're really just getting something for ourselves."--Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill"Philanthropy Daily" (05/15/2012)
"A highly worthwhile read with prescriptive examples for authentic sustainability and social justice initiatives at companies--not all about the brand, the celebrity or corporate self-interest."--Rebecca Aguilar"Book Kvetch Blog" (04/27/2012)
"Provocative."--Rance Crain"Advertising Age" (06/04/2013)
""Einstein has the unenviable task of reminding us that shopping is not philanthropy. The consumer marketplace is increasingly becoming the mechanism for funding organizations that do charitable work, thus tying the fates of charities to the whims of the market, Einstein warns. It is also enabling governments to further abdicate problem-solving, with the result that the causes we care so much about are not genuinely helped."-- (04/01/2012)
"Marketing campaigns associated with philanthropy . . . may sound magnanimous, but when Einstein shines a lens on the practice, she finds considerable cracks in the veneer."-- (01/15/2012)
"On our must-read list."--Humane Connection (06/06/2012)
"Eminently readable. . . . Few have questioned whether [corporate charitable giving] strategies are good for anyone but corporations. Mara Einstein is one of the brave few."-- (08/01/2012)