Volunteering: an articulation of caring communities

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:
Volunteering: an articulation of caring communities

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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

Chapter.  7218 words.  Illustrated.

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