This thesis addresses local meanings of globalized perceptions of volunteer work. Desiring to explore dynamics of my collaboration with Malian volunteers through a 15 months stay in Mali, I use my own experiences, in analyzing how globalized perceptions influence subjects. Inspired by the works of Arjun Appadurai and Michel Foucault volunteer work are considered complex global flows of values and ideologies as well as acts of tactile, pastoral power that can cause marginalization. Drawing on Maggie MacLures methodological fascination of a baroque type of street entertainment called “peep-shows”, I construct my empirical data through a Malian marketplace lens, that directs my attention towards ways in which ideas and perceptions of volunteer work are traded in complex, continuous and multidirectional ways. Through stories, examples and statements about sacrifice, capacity and identity formation I analyse and discuss how volunteer work can be considered both as a cause of marginalization and as global influences that becomes indigenized in unique ways. I conclude that Malian volunteers both shape and are shaped by globalized perceptions of volunteer work.
|Uddannelser||Pædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 apr. 2013|
|Vejledere||Ulla Ambrosius Madsen|