An exclusive construct: exploring different cultural concepts of volunteering

Document type
Book chapter
Lukka, Priya; Ellis Paine, Angela
Date of publication
1 January 2001
Volunteering, Children and Young People, Minority Groups, Disabled people
Social welfare
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The voluntary sector today seems overrun with hard-to-define and contested concepts, starting with the definitions of the sector itself, and going on to include other terms such as ‘community’, ‘capacity building’ or ‘social exclusion’. Each of these terms is a hotly debated area of research. This chapter focuses on the one contested concept that is arguably the most fundamental in the sector: volunteering.

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