This book brings together a collection of new and innovative work by researchers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK - settings where issues of voluntarism and participation have become increasingly important for the development and delivery of social welfare policy. Prefaced by one of the foremost geographers in this field, it contains empirical and theoretical work from both new and well-established geographers. The chapters explore the interactions between voluntarism and a range of issues including governance, health, community action, faith, ethnicity, counselling, advocacy and professionalisation.
The book will be of interest not only to students and researchers in human geography but also to those working in social policy, sociology, health and political science. The detailed case material will also be of particular interest to practitioners working in the fields of health, governance, social welfare and social exclusion.
Christine Milligan is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Health Research at Lancaster University, UK.
David Conradson is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Southampton University, UK.
Contents: Foreword: Beyond the shadow state? ~ Jennifer Wolch; Contemporary landscapes of welfare: the 'voluntary turn'? ~ Christine Milligan and David Conradson; A 'new institutional fix'? The 'community turn' and the changing role of the voluntary sector ~ Rob Macmillan and Alan Townsend; Renewal or relocation? Social welfare, voluntarism and the city ~ Christine Milligan and Nicholas R. Fyfe; Voluntarism and new forms of governance in rural communities ~ Bill Edwards and Michael Woods; New times, new relationships: mental health, primary care and public heath in New Zealand ~ Pauline Barnett and J. Ross Barnett; Informal and voluntary care in Canada: caught in the Act? ~ Mark W. Skinner and Mark W. Rosenberg; Competition, adaptation and resistance: (re)forming health organisations in New Zealand's third sector ~ Susan Owen and Robin Kearns; The difference of voluntarism: the place of voluntary sector care homes for older Jewish people in the United Kingdom ~ Oliver Valins; Values, practices and strategic divestment: Christian social service organisations in New Zealand ~ David Conradson; Faith-based organisations and welfare provision in Northern Ireland and North America: whose agenda? ~ Derek Bacon; Government restructuring and settlement agencies in Vancouver: bringing advocacy back in ~ Gillian Creese; Developing voluntary community spaces and Ethnicity in Sydney, Australia ~ Walter F. Lalich; The voluntary spaces of charity shops: workplaces or domestic spaces? ~ Liz Parsons; The changing landscape of voluntary sector counselling in Scotland ~ Liz Bondi; Volunteering, geography and welfare: a multilevel investigation of geographical variations in voluntary action ~ John Mohan, Liz Twigg, Kelvyn Jones and Steve Barnard; Reflections on landscapes of voluntarism ~ David Conradson and Christine Milligan.
"... extremely comprehensive and useful, with a wide range of topics and excellent examples of research by leading scholars. Landscapes of voluntarism would be of great interest to anyone involved in social policy, sociology and health, and probably other areas I haven't thought of!" Volunteering England
"This is a fascinating book...." Journal of Social Policy
"This impressive volume brings together a diverse range of contributions around the
central theme of voluntarism ... a valuable and thought-provoking reference work for policy-makers and other end-users as well as for academic researchers from far beyond that discipline." European Journal of Social Security
"Stimulating and informative; this book deals with a broad range of issues (from governance to volunteering) and so provides the reader with an remarkable view of the 'landscape of voluntarism'. There is a wealth of excellent, informed research and this will provide inspiration for students, academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers alike." Dr Clare Fisher, Head of Department, Voluntary Sector Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter