Fixing Britain's ‘broken’ society: from the Third Way to Big Society

Irene Hardill and Susan Baines

in Enterprising care?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427212
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302193 | DOI:
Fixing Britain's ‘broken’ society: from the Third Way to Big Society

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This chapter presents the objectives of this book whereby it specifically seeks to offer a theoretically nuanced understanding of voluntary work in the 21st century in liberal democracies by linking three key social science concepts: the ‘sociology of work’, the ‘ethic of care’, and ‘enterprises/entrepreneurial behaviour’. It seeks to contribute to knowledge by offering a feminist-inflected understanding of individual action in that part of the economy that is beyond the state and the market. It notes that it offers a conceptualization of volunteering at three spatial scales: the individual (and their household), the organisation, and the community.

Keywords: voluntary work; social science; sociology of work; ethic of care; entrepreneurial behaviour; individual action; individual; organization; community

Chapter.  7362 words.  Illustrated.

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