Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century

by Colin Rochester, Angela Ellis Paine, Steven Howlett,

While volunteering has played a prominent role in most societies throughout history, the current weight of expectation about the contribution it can make to individual development, social cohesion and addressing social need has never been greater – at the global, European and national level.

Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century has been designed to meet this unprecedented interest. While the main focus is on volunteering in the UK the book is informed by and, in turn, contributes to international perspectives on voluntary action. It provides an overview of the concepts and theories which explain the nature of volunteering; reviews the data on who volunteers and for what; examines key organizational issues for volunteer managers; and discusses the enduring challenges which volunteering continues to face in the 21st century – the need to change its image; the push for an inclusive approach; the danger of formalization; and the threat to its independence.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; November 2009
  • ISBN 9780230279438
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century
  • Author: Colin Rochester; Angela Ellis Paine; Steven Howlett; Meta Zimmeck (other)
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

COLIN ROCHESTER has taught and conducted research on voluntary action at the London School of Economics and Roehampton University, UK, where he founded the Centre for the Study of Voluntary and Community Activity. His publications include: Juggling on a Unicycle: A Handbook for Small Voluntary Agencies; and Voluntary Organisations and Social Policy: Perspectives on Change and Choice (with Margaret Harris).

ANGELA ELLIS PAINE is Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research, UK. She has undertaken numerous research projects and consultancies on volunteering including studies of the attitudes of young people to volunteering; barriers to participation; and different cultural concepts of voluntary action.

STEVEN HOWLETT is Senior Lecturer at Roehampton University, UK, where he is also Director of the Centre for the Study of Voluntary and Community Activity. He previously worked at the Institute for Volunteering Research.
META ZIMMECK is an independent research consultant who has previously worked for Volunteering England as its public affairs strategist and head of Secretariat of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering. Before that, she spent six years as Head of the Voluntary and Community Research Section in the Home Office.