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Volunteering in the United Kingdom

the spirit of service

By John Mohan

Volunteering in the United Kingdom
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  • ISBN: 9781526145512
  • Publish Date: Dec 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4552-9
    • Pages: 312
    • Price: £20.00
    • Published Date: December 2024

    Description

    Substantial claims are made about the extent and impacts of volunteering, often characterised by limited engagement with research evidence. Volunteering is highly stratified, so whether it can bridge social divisions in an unequal society is questionable. Volunteering may have some benefits for individuals and communities, but these impacts are often marginal; volunteering is not a treatment that can be prescribed with certainty. There is certainly a strong 'spirit of service' evident in the British population, but it requires considerable faith to believe that it can be extended to all. This book provides a comprehensive and original overview of evidence about the patterns and impacts of volunteering, underpinning a novel, but sceptical, assessment of the contributions of voluntary action to British society.

    Contents

    Introduction
    1 Concepts and definitions: hunting Snarks and 'mapping volunteerland'
    2 Trends in volunteering and trends in the voluntary sector
    Part II
    Introduction to Part II
    3 Diversity and inequality in voluntary action
    4 Core and periphery
    5 Community level variations in voluntary action: what they mean and why they matter
    6 Circumstances, habits and trajectories: journeys into and through volunteering
    Part III
    Introduction to Part III
    7 Do not expect miracles: the impacts of voluntary action
    8 Volunteering, employability and policy
    9 Volunteering, health and well-being
    10 Volunteering and civic engagement: a virtuous and privileged circle?
    Part IV
    Introduction to Part IV
    11 Demographic change, economic circumstances and attitudes to volunteering
    12 Cultivating and conserving the spirit of service?
    13 Covid and voluntary action
    Conclusions: Beveridge and the spirit of service
    References
    Index

    Author

    John Mohan is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham.

    Volunteering in the United Kingdom

    By John Mohan

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