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Enterprising care?Unpaid voluntary action in the 21st century$
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Irene Hardill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427212

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.001.0001

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Fixing Britain's ‘broken’ society: from the Third Way to Big Society

Fixing Britain's ‘broken’ society: from the Third Way to Big Society

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Enterprising care?
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Irene Hardill

Susan Baines

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427212.003.0001

This chapter presents the objectives of this book whereby it specifically seeks to offer a theoretically nuanced understanding of voluntary work in the 21st century in liberal democracies by linking three key social science concepts: the ‘sociology of work’, the ‘ethic of care’, and ‘enterprises/entrepreneurial behaviour’. It seeks to contribute to knowledge by offering a feminist-inflected understanding of individual action in that part of the economy that is beyond the state and the market. It notes that it offers a conceptualization of volunteering at three spatial scales: the individual (and their household), the organisation, and the community.

Keywords:   voluntary work, social science, sociology of work, ethic of care, entrepreneurial behaviour, individual action, individual, organization, community

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