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Enterprising care?Unpaid voluntary action in the 21st century$
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Irene Hardill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427212

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.001.0001

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Theoretical underpinnings of voluntary work and voluntary organisations: work, care or enterprise?

Theoretical underpinnings of voluntary work and voluntary organisations: work, care or enterprise?

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(p.21) Two Theoretical underpinnings of voluntary work and voluntary organisations: work, care or enterprise?
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Enterprising care?
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Irene Hardill

Susan Baines

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.003.0002

This chapter presents the theoretical underpinnings of the book and focuses on individual volunteers. It links the traditions from the sociology of work with the emerging notion of the ethic of care as a theoretical framework. It enriches the creation of new solutions to deprivation and social exclusion with selected insights from evolving thought about enterprise and entrepreneurial behaviour. It uses a third set of conceptual resources to confront the ever-more competitive environment for voluntary action and expectations that it will innovate and expand frontiers. It adapts a conceptual model developed by Omoto and Snyder (2002) as a framework for understanding volunteering, and has three stages that unfold over time (antecedents, experiences and consequences).

Keywords:   volunteers, sociology of work, care, deprivation, social exclusion, entrepreneurial behaviour, Omoto, antecedents, experiences, volunteering

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