Volunteers :what we need to find out(and why we need to do it)

McDonald, Catherine & Warburton, Jeni (2000) Volunteers :what we need to find out(and why we need to do it). Queensland University of Technology, Briabane. [Working Paper]

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Public interest in volunteering in Australia has markedly escalated over the past five years, reflected in a number of publications in the popular, professional and academic press. This interest is welcome, and in many ways, is long overdue. Volunteers, or employing a term we find more useful, voluntarism is important for a number of reasons, not least of which is its structural role in the social institutions we have developed to support people, manage dependencies and facilitate a range of developmental activities across the life span. Voluntarism is an extremely complex social phenomenon. Conceptually, it transcends the sum of its parts, in that it is more than a simple aggregation of instances of individual behaviours. Our core argument here is that this complexity is such that equally intricate and multi-faceted perspectives and models need to be employed to further our understanding. In academic speak, this means that we need to develop analytical frameworks that draw on the breadth and depth of the social sciences...

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ID Code: 50687
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Volunteers
ISBN: 1864355018
ISSN: 1037-1516
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > OTHER COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (159900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 May 2012 23:13
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2015 19:04

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