Volunteers: A Social Profile

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Indiana University Press, Nov 28, 2007 - Social Science - 680 pages

Who tends to volunteer and why? What causes attract certain types of volunteers? What motivates people to volunteer? How can volunteers be persuaded to continue their service? Making use of a broad range of survey information to offer a detailed portrait of the volunteer in America, Volunteers provides an important resource for everyone who works with volunteers or is interested in their role in contemporary society.

Mark A. Musick and John Wilson address issues of volunteer motivation by focusing on individuals' subjective states, their available resources, and the influence of gender and race. In a section on social context, they reveal how volunteer work is influenced by family relationships and obligations through the impact of schools, churches, and communities. They consider cross-national differences in volunteering and historical trends, and close with consideration of the research on the organization of volunteer work and the consequences of volunteering for the volunteer.

 

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Contents

Part 1 An Introduction to Volunteering
1
1 The Importance of Studying Volunteering
3
2 What Is Volunteering?
11
Part 2 Subjective Disposition
37
3 Personality
39
4 Motives
54
5 Values Norms and Attitudes
81
Part 3 Individual Resources
111
14 Schools and Congretions
300
15 Community Neighborhood City and Region
314
16 CrossNational Differences
342
17 Trends in Volunteering
370
Part 5 The Organization of Volunteer Work
399
18 Volunteer Tasks
403
19 The Volunteer Role
420
Part 6 The Consequenses of Volunteering
455

6 SocioEconomic Resources
119
7 Time and Health
148
8 Gender
171
9 Race
197
Part 4 The Social Context of Volunteering
217
The Early Stages
221
The Later Stages
238
12 Social Resources
267
13 Volunteer Recruitment
288
20 Citizenship and Prosocial Behavior
459
21 Occupation Income and Health
486
22 Conclusion
516
Data Description
535
Notes
541
References
581
Index
633
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Marc A. Musick is Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the sociology of health and social psychology.

John Wilson is Professor of Sociology at Duke University. He has published more than 50 articles on volunteerism and the impact of race, gender, religion, and leisure on volunteering in publications such as Contemporary Sociology, Social Forces, Social Science Quarterly, and American Sociological Review.

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