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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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Understanding the journeys of individual volunteers: demanding community concern, or demonstrating job readiness?

Understanding the journeys of individual volunteers: demanding community concern, or demonstrating job readiness?

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(p.33) Three Understanding the journeys of individual volunteers: demanding community concern, or demonstrating job readiness?
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Enterprising care?
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Irene Hardill

Susan Baines

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.003.0003

This chapter combines the heuristic developed by Omoto and Snyder (2002) as a framework for understanding why individuals volunteer with cultural theory, known as Grid and Group. It draws on Grid and Group as a heuristic devise for explaining and categorizing the multiple positions people take up with regard to voluntary work, as the chapter is concerned with explanations, dynamics, and processes, rather than counting phenomena. It notes that cultural theory aims to understand the ways in which different people and social groups respond to threats and opportunities. It aims to offer a more holistic perspective, a more textured and complex picture of people's ‘work’ and caring practices, choices, and constraints.

Keywords:   heuristic, Omoto, volunteers, cultural theory, Grid and Group, opportunities, caring practices

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