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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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Older Volunteers in Italy: An Underestimated Phenomenon?

Older Volunteers in Italy: An Underestimated Phenomenon?

(p.47) THREE Older Volunteers in Italy: An Underestimated Phenomenon?
Active ageing

Andrea Principi

Carlos Chiatti

Giovanni Lamura

Policy Press

This chapter informs on the main opportunities and restrictions for older volunteers in Italy, through an examination across different levels (i.e. micro, meso, macro and structural). For example, the involvement, the preferences and the motivations of older volunteers have been scrutinised by considering interconnections with voluntary organisations, the welfare mix, the institutional level and cultural attitudes. Among other results, it has been argued that the dimension of older volunteering may be considerably under-estimated in Italy, due to a cultural propensity not to perceive self-expressive volunteer activities, as real “volunteering”. As a consequence of this, self-expressive volunteering among older people is not captured by the available data. The chapter also identifies main challenges on how to improve the match between supplies of older candidates with the demand of voluntary organisations in the future, in Italy.

Keywords:   older volunteers, Italy, voluntary organisations, volunteer activities, volunteering, welfare mix

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