Bill Gates & the Price of Philanthropy | Prof. Linsey McGoey
In this interview with author and Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex Linsey McGoey we provide an in depth analysis of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. In addition, we examine the foundation’s impact within the context of the framework of philanthrocapitalism that includes Bill Gates’ background when he was the CEO and chairman of Microsoft. Lastly we discuss billionaire funded philanthropy including the positive aspects, shortcomings and criticisms as well as how it should ideally operate.
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Linsey McGoey is Professor of Sociology, with expertise in social theory and economic sociology. She is recognized internationally for playing a pioneering role in the establishment of ignorance studies, an interdisciplinary field focused on exploring how strategic ignorance and the will to ignore have underpinned economic exchange and political domination throughout history. Her research on ignorance has led to new conceptual frameworks for understanding the political value of ignorance and the unknown.
She is also recognized for work on philanthropic foundations and their role in the global economy. Her book, No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy, is the first book-length analysis of the Gates Foundation’s influence, both negative and positive, on global health and development.