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Active ageingVoluntary work by older people in Europe$
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Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen, and Giovanni Lamura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307204

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.001.0001

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Introduction: Enhancing Volunteering in later Life in Europe

Introduction: Enhancing Volunteering in later Life in Europe

Chapter:
(p.3) ONE Introduction: Enhancing Volunteering in later Life in Europe
Source:
Active ageing
Author(s):

Per H. Jensen

Andrea Principi

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.003.0001

The introductory chapter describes how ideas about active ageing are interlinked with the efforts to promote and sustain volunteering by older people, and the authors present the overall analytical framework for the whole book. It is argued that voluntary work by seniors is conditioned by factors at the micro, meso, macro and structural levels of society. Central concepts are defined (e.g. what is voluntary work?), and major research questions and the methodology of the book are accounted for.

Keywords:   active ageing, welfare systems, philanthropic, self-expressive, volunteering

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