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Understanding the journeys of individual volunteers: demanding community concern, or demonstrating job readiness?

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/9781847427212.003.0003
Understanding the journeys of individual volunteers: demanding community concern, or demonstrating job readiness?

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This chapter combines the heuristic developed by Omoto and Snyder (2002) as a framework for understanding why individuals volunteer with cultural theory, known as Grid and Group. It draws on Grid and Group as a heuristic devise for explaining and categorizing the multiple positions people take up with regard to voluntary work, as the chapter is concerned with explanations, dynamics, and processes, rather than counting phenomena. It notes that cultural theory aims to understand the ways in which different people and social groups respond to threats and opportunities. It aims to offer a more holistic perspective, a more textured and complex picture of people's ‘work’ and caring practices, choices, and constraints.

Keywords: heuristic; Omoto; volunteers; cultural theory; Grid and Group; opportunities; caring practices

Chapter.  8086 words.  Illustrated.

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