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Theoretical underpinnings of voluntary work and voluntary organisations: work, care or enterprise?

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.003.0002
Theoretical underpinnings of voluntary work and voluntary organisations: work, care or enterprise?

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This chapter presents the theoretical underpinnings of the book and focuses on individual volunteers. It links the traditions from the sociology of work with the emerging notion of the ethic of care as a theoretical framework. It enriches the creation of new solutions to deprivation and social exclusion with selected insights from evolving thought about enterprise and entrepreneurial behaviour. It uses a third set of conceptual resources to confront the ever-more competitive environment for voluntary action and expectations that it will innovate and expand frontiers. It adapts a conceptual model developed by Omoto and Snyder (2002) as a framework for understanding volunteering, and has three stages that unfold over time (antecedents, experiences and consequences).

Keywords: volunteers; sociology of work; care; deprivation; social exclusion; entrepreneurial behaviour; Omoto; antecedents; experiences; volunteering

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