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The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations
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The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (Paperback)

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Written by over 200 leading experts from over seventy countries, this handbook provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of the latest theory and research on volunteering, civic participation and nonprofit membership associations. The first handbook on the subject to be truly multinational and interdisciplinary in its authorship, it represents a major milestone for the discipline. Each chapter follows a rigorous theoretical structure examining definitions, historical background, key analytical issues, usable knowledge, and future trends and required research. The nine parts of the handbook cover the historical and conceptual background of the discipline; special types of volunteering; the major activity areas of volunteering and associations; influences on volunteering and association participation; the internal structures of associations; the internal processes of associations; the external environments of associations; the scope and impacts of volunteering and associations; and conclusions and future prospects.

This handbook provides an essential reference work for third-sector research and practice, including a valuable glossary of terms defining over eighty key concepts. Sponsored by the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (ICSERA;, it will appeal to scholars, policymakers and practitioners, and helps to define the emergent academic discipline of voluntaristics.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social servicesSocial workCharities, voluntary services & philanthropy Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 22/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9781349577071  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Horton Smith is Research and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Boston College, USA, and an Honorary Visiting Professor at universities in the UK and Russia. The founder of ARNOVA and ICSERA, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award of ARNOVA in 1993. With a biography in the International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, Smith has written or edited many books and journal articles, including several encyclopedia entries. Robert Stebbins is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. His research and theoretic interests lie in work, leisure, and volunteering. His most recent books include Careers in Serious Leisure: From Dabbler to Devotee in Search of Fulfillment (Palgrave, 2014) and The Idea of Leisure ( 2012). Jurgen Grotz is the Research Manager at the Institute for Volunteering Research, UK, and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. He has over 25 years' research experience in the Voluntary and Community Sector, and has contributed to publications such as The State of the World's Volunteerism Report by UNV (2011).

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