Ethnographies of volunteering: providing nuance to the links between volunteering and development

Chadwick, Alice, Fadel, Bianca and Millora, Chris ORCID: (2022) Ethnographies of volunteering: providing nuance to the links between volunteering and development. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 33 (6). pp. 1172-1178. ISSN 0957-8765

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This paper explores how ethnographic approaches to third sector and nonprofit studies allow for context-based understandings of the links between volunteering and development. Drawing from our ethnographies of volunteering in Sierra Leone, Burundi and the Philippines, we argue that ethnographic methods could tease out local ideologies and practices of volunteer work that can challenge knowledge monopolies over how volunteering is understood and, later, transcribed into development policy and practice at various levels. The contribution of ethnography as a methodology to third sector research lies not only in the in-depth data it generates but also in the kind of ethos and disposition it requires of scholars—providing attention to issues of power and voice and leaning into the unpredictability of the research process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: development,ethnography,positionality,qualitative methods,volunteering,business and international management,sociology and political science,public administration,strategy and management ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1403
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 11:39
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2023 12:31
DOI: 10.1007/s11266-021-00389-9


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