How structural factors promote instrumental motivations within youth volunteering : a qualitative analysis of volunteer brokerage

DEAN, Jonathan (2014). How structural factors promote instrumental motivations within youth volunteering : a qualitative analysis of volunteer brokerage. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (2), 231-247.

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    Abstract

    This article presents a structural, multi-level analysis, showing how volunteering policy, specific volunteering programmes and operational practices in volunteer brokerage organisations promote instrumental motivations in young volunteers. Through evidence drawn from a qualitative study of youth volunteering brokerage workers and volunteering policy-practitioners, it is shown how young people are increasingly pressured into volunteering, and into seeing volunteering as primarily a route into employment. Volunteer recruiters do not challenge these structural factors; instead, employability and easing the transition to work and university form a large part of 'selling' volunteering, with young people encouraged to trade their time for experience. It is concluded that these findings fit into a wider theoretical narrative about the changing nature of volunteering, and have the potential to create significant problems for volunteer-involving organisations.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080514X14013591527611
    Page Range: 231-247
    Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 08:18
    Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 15:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9617

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