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Christine Milligan and David Conradson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346322

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346322.001.0001

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Reflections on landscapes of voluntarism

Reflections on landscapes of voluntarism

(p.285) Sixteen Reflections on landscapes of voluntarism
Landscapes of voluntarism

David Conradson

Christine Milligan

Policy Press

This book aims to draw out a research shaped by geographical perspectives and to demonstrate what this approach might bring to the work conducted within disciplines such as sociology, social policy, and political science. The conclusion reflects on the works of contributors as a means of responding to two main questions. Firstly, what do the chapters indicate about a geographical approach to voluntarism? Secondly, what does this geographically inflected research reveal about contemporary landscapes of voluntarism? The contributors have examined the nature and dynamics of organisational environments within voluntary agencies, considering the interactions between staff, volunteers, and service users in both service settings and organisational ‘back regions’.

Keywords:   voluntarism, geographical perspective, sociology, social policy, political science, back regions

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