Enterprising Care?: Unpaid Voluntary Action in the 21st Century

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Policy Press, 2011 - Political Science - 202 pages
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More and more is being expected of volunteers and the voluntary sector in the UK. But what does it mean to be a volunteer today? This book seeks to add new insights of individual action in that part of the economy that is beyond the state and the market. Volunteering is examined from the perspective of the individual, the organisation, and the community (of place, identity or interest).
 

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Contents

from the Third Way to Big Society
1
work care or enterprise?
21
demanding community concern or demonstrating job readiness?
33
4 A professional paradox? Managing volunteers involuntary and community sector organisations
55
keeping organisational values distinctive
83
an articulation of caring communities
111
caring for people like me
131
mobilising communities alongside fiscal austerity
147
Bibliography
167
Index
197
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About the author (2011)

Irene Hardill is Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University. She has extensive research experience in theorising work (paid and unpaid), volunteering and the voluntary and community sector, Susan Baines is Reader in Social Policy at Manchester Metropolitan University. She researches and publishes on public services, and has a particular interest in their reliance on unpaid work in the household and community.

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