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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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080514X14013591527611
Link to published version:: 10.1332/204080514X14013591527611

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: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1332/204080514X14013591527611
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 08:18
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2015 08:18
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9617

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