Volunteer care workers: A case for challenging resource theories on volunteering

Charlotte Overgaard, Erik Petrovski, Jonathan Hermansen

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Abstract

This paper challenges prevailing theories on volunteering which explain participation in volunteer work by the high capital resources of individuals (resource theories). Using care theory and focusing on volunteers working with the frail elderly, the sick and the dying, we ask whether resource theory is a suitable theoretical framework for this particular kind of unpaid work. With a 2012 Danish population survey, we find that care volunteering attracts lower-resourced individuals who are predominantly female. We use this finding to argue that resource theory is unhelpful in explaining this particular form of volunteering and to call for more theory development.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Civil Society
Vol/bind14
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)153-172
ISSN1744-8689
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018
BegivenhedARNOVA’s 44th Annual Conference : The Dynamic Landscape of Nonprofit Organization & Voluntary Action: Innovation, Inspiration, and Creativity Across Boundaries - Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, USA
Varighed: 19 nov. 201521 nov. 2015
http://www.arnova.org/?page=conference

Konference

KonferenceARNOVA’s 44th Annual Conference
LokationPalmer House Hotel
LandUSA
ByChicago
Periode19/11/201521/11/2015
Internetadresse

Bibliografisk note

An earlier version of this article presented at ARNOVA conference, 2015

Emneord

  • Care
  • Gender
  • Resource theory
  • Volunteering

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