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Volunteers and volunteering in leisure : social science perspectives

Lockstone-Binney, L. and Holmes, K. and Smith, Karen M. and Baum, T.G. (2010) Volunteers and volunteering in leisure : social science perspectives. Leisure Studies, 29 (4). pp. 435-455. ISSN 0261-4367

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Leisure has been widely examined within the context of social science theory; however, little work has considered the range of social science disciplines and applied them to specific phenomena located within the leisure field. This paper adopts such an approach to conceptualise and examine volunteers and volunteering in leisure settings. In a disciplinary sense, therefore, the sociological view focuses upon the conceptualisation of volunteering as leisure, the psychological view seeks to understand motivations driving volunteering while the perspective of economists tends to complement these standpoints in terms of why people volunteer and further examines the value of volunteer contributions. Comparative analysis of the perspectives enunciated within these key disciplines provides a picture of the status of research relating to leisure volunteers and volunteering. The purposes of this paper are to identify gaps in current knowledge, drawing out conclusions and their implications for an improved understanding of this area as well as to enhance comprehension of disciplinary contributions to the study of leisure phenomena.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26544
Keywords: leisure settings, social sciences, volunteers, volunteering, leisure, Recreation Leisure, Sociology, Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, Geography, Planning and Development
Subjects: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Recreation Leisure
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
Depositing user: Prof Tom Baum
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2010 09:54
Last modified: 02 Oct 2015 16:07
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