Active Ageing: Voluntary Work by Older People in Europe

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Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen, Giovanni Lamura
Policy Press, 2014 - Social Science - 352 pages
"Active ageing" has become a key phrase in the discourses about healthy aging processes, and one important way that it has been achieved in Europe is through the engagement of older people in volunteer work. Active Ageing offers a much-needed compendium of research on volunteerism among seniors. Ranging across eight European countries, the contributors highlight how different levels in the structure of volunteering--from local to national--interact, and how these interactions either facilitate or hinder seniors' inclusion in voluntary work. They go on to offer policy suggestions for a more integrated strategy that can better support this unique group of volunteer workers.
 

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Contents

enhancing volunteering in later life in Europe
3
a conceptual and analytical framework
21
an underestimated phenomenon?
47
a large voluntary sector in a highly developed welfare state
71
opportunities and restrictions in the welfare mix
93
towards greater flexibility and inclusiveness?
119
recognising their social utility in a less and less corporatist welfare state
149
the heritage of a Socialist regime
173
a welfare state in transition
197
new challenges to an old tradition
217
11 Voluntary organisations characteristics and practices towards older volunteers
245
12 Organisational reflections on the impact of working and caring on older volunteering
275
pointing to the future
297
enhancing volunteering by older people in Europe
315
Index
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Andrea Principi is a researcher in sociology at the National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing in Ancona, Italy, where Giovanni Lamura is a researcher in social gerontology. Per H. Jensen is professor of social policy and director of the Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is coeditor of The Changing Face of Welfare, also published by the Policy Press at the University of Bristol.

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