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The Values of Volunteering : Cross-Cultural Perspectives - Paul Dekker

The Values of Volunteering

Cross-Cultural Perspectives

By: Paul Dekker (Editor), Loek Halman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st July 2003
ISBN: 9780306478543
Number Of Pages: 226

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The Values of Volunteering examines volunteering in detail from a civil society perspective, using empirical data garnered from various sources for countries all over the globe. The contributions in this title deal with a broad spectrum of questions, ranging from the diversity, social and cultural determinants and organizational settings of volunteering, to its possible individual, social, and political effects.
The Values of Volunteering explains not only the differences and similarities in volunteering between countries and the conditions that may be conducive to or hinder volunteering, it also discusses:

-Why people volunteer;
-How volunteers relate to each other and to the people they want to help;
-The ideals volunteers wish to promote;
-The diversity of and developments in volunteering;
-Future trends;
-The relationships between volunteers and between volunteers and clients and organizations;
-And more.

This useful new resource places volunteering in a broader theoretical and empirical framework of value shifts and political democracy.

Volunteering and Values: An Introductionp. 1
Volunteeringp. 1
Backgroundp. 3
Outcomesp. 8
Structure of the Bookp. 11
Referencesp. 16
All in the Eyes of the Beholder? Perceptions of Volunteering Across Eight Countriesp. 19
Introductionp. 19
The Questionnairep. 20
A Cross-Cultural Analysisp. 21
Discussion and Implicationsp. 32
Referencesp. 34
Volunteering in Global Perspectivep. 35
The Rate and Scope of Volunteering in Various Countriesp. 36
Defining Volunteeringp. 38
Volunteering Rates by Nationp. 38
The Fields in Which Volunteers Are Activep. 41
Social Resources Theoryp. 45
Discussion and Conclusionsp. 51
Referencesp. 52
Modernization and Volunteeringp. 55
Volunteering in Knowledge Societiesp. 55
Modernization and Cultural Change: Two Dimensions of Cross-Cultural Variationp. 56
Intergenerational Differences in Membership and Volunteeringp. 60
Three Types of Volunteeringp. 63
Conclusionsp. 70
Referencesp. 70
Institutional Roots of Volunteering: Toward a Macro-Structural Theory of Individual Voluntary Actionp. 71
Introductionp. 71
Volunteering in 24 Countries: Major Findingsp. 72
Explaining Patterns of Volunteeringp. 77
Summary and Conclusionsp. 87
Referencesp. 89
Do People Who Volunteer Have a Distinctive Ethos? A Canadian Studyp. 91
Prologue and Guiding Questionsp. 91
Data and Analysis Strategyp. 93
Analysisp. 95
Concluding Commentaryp. 102
Appendixp. 103
Referencesp. 109
A Humanistic Perspective on the Volunteer-Recipient Relationship: A Mexican Studyp. 111
Introductionp. 111
A Humanistic Approach to Volunteeringp. 113
Volunteering as "Serving" and as "Helping"p. 116
An Empirical Study with Mexican Volunteersp. 117
The Dynamics of the Volunteer-Recipient Relationshipp. 120
Outcomes and Conclusionsp. 122
Referencesp. 124
From Restitution to Innovation: Volunteering in Postcommunist Countriesp. 127
Introductionp. 127
Marxist Theory and the Practice of Volunteeringp. 129
Dynamics of Volunteering in Postcommunist Countriesp. 132
Volunteering in Lithuaniap. 137
Conclusion: The Future of Volunteeringp. 141
Referencesp. 141
Volunteering in Romania: A Rara Avisp. 143
Introductionp. 143
Conceptual Delimitations and Theoretical Backgroundp. 144
Individual Determinants of Volunteering in Romaniap. 149
Contextual Determinants of Volunteering in Romaniap. 153
Conclusionsp. 157
Referencesp. 158
Generations and Organizational Changep. 161
Introduction: Where Have All the Volunteers Gone?p. 161
Design and Datap. 163
Generational Differences Reflect and Cause Social Changep. 164
The Results: Attitudes toward Voluntary Organizingp. 166
What Distinguishes New Organizations from Traditional Ones?p. 170
Toward a New Organizational Society?p. 175
Referencesp. 177
Volunteering, Democracy, and Democratic Attitudesp. 179
Introductionp. 179
Some Theoretical Considerationsp. 181
Data and Measurementsp. 185
Analysesp. 187
Referencesp. 197
Cultivating Apathy in Voluntary Associationsp. 199
The Idealp. 201
Volunteers Encouraging Each Other to Carep. 201
"We Accomplish a Lot": The "Frontstage" Is for Volunteer Groupsp. 203
Backstage Complaints and Recognition of Problemsp. 205
Officials Reinforce Volunteers' Political Avoidancep. 207
The Culture of Political Avoidancep. 209
Bridging Private and Public: The Strange Case of Child-Centered Civic Life in the United Statesp. 210
Referencesp. 212
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780306478543
ISBN-10: 0306478544
Series: Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 31st July 2003
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.77