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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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Volunteering: an articulation of caring communities

Volunteering: an articulation of caring communities

(p.111) Six Volunteering: an articulation of caring communities
Enterprising care?

Irene Hardill

Susan Baines

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on volunteering and the VCS within communities of place. It reviews community studies, and community and public policy. It notes that the case study community of Brightville has been beset by economic deprivation, but has retained a strong sense of community. It also examines volunteering and communities, highlighting the case study of Brightville. It notes that for the last decade, the community has been an important focus for public policy, and Levitas (2000, p 191) argued that community became the central collective abstraction of New Labour, which had an increasingly communitarian mindset. It adds that community under New Labour is seen as a space of ‘opportunity, responsibility, employability and inclusion’.

Keywords:   volunteering, VCS, communities of place, community studies, community, public policy, Brightville, economic deprivation, Levitas, New Labour

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