Volunteering in a high-speed society: Volunteering in a high-speed society

Anders Hyldegård Vangby, Tilde Eldor, Lærke Marie Lyndelse & Ditte Bay Vestergaard Christensen

Student thesis: Subject Module Project


From the perspective of the high-speed society by Hartmut Rosa this project shows why people pri-oritize volunteering in Denmark today. The project reflects a wondering, since the high-speed society claim an experience of lack of time, while simultaneously statistics from ‘Frivillighedrapporten’ (The Volunteer Report) show a stable development in the number of volunteers. This is the starting point of the project,and based on an analysis of a case study in the voluntary association ‘Børns Voksen-venner’ (Grownup Friends of Children), the project seeks to provide an answer as to how volunteers are driven and motivated to do voluntary work in a high-speed society. By using the case study, the theory of high-speed society, social capital by James Coleman, and the eight dimensions of motive by Ulla Habermann, the causes of this wondering are analysed.
In general, volunteering is carried out on the basis of many and different motives. However, they all have one motive in common, an undefinable gain when doing voluntary work. Based on the selected theories the project concludes that this gain must be seen as a counterbalance of the high-speed soci-ety’s tendencies: Voluntary work in Denmark is done both despite - and because of - the high-speed society.

Educations, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Bachelor
Publication date27 May 2018
Number of pages61
SupervisorsSilas Harrebye