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Social Movements and Activist-Protest Volunteering

Mati, Jacob Mwathi and Wu, Fengshi and Edwards, Bob and El Taraboulsi, Sherine N. and Smith, David Horton (2016) Social Movements and Activist-Protest Volunteering. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. Palgrave Macmillan UK, UK, pp. 516-538. ISBN 978-1-137-26316-2

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Scholars of volunteering have long excluded the radical, political forms of formal volunteering from their analytical gaze, especially more contentious social movements and collective protest activism. This false dichotomy hinders scholarship by perpetuating analytical blinders. The present chapter helps remedy this oversight by reviewing research and theory highlighting overlaps between conventional volunteering, including conventional political volunteering, and unconventional, social movement activism as volunteering. Conventional political volunteering and unconventional political activism are both means for inclusion, participation, accountability, and change (sometimes even democratization) of polities. Both conventional volunteering and protest activism rely on commitment, values, solidarities, and often altruism, as ordinary citizens seek solutions to collective problems/issues. We therefore conclude that scholarship on conventional volunteerism and unconventional, protest volunteering need to pursue more integrated analytical approaches.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jacob Mati
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 23:51
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 00:46

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