Walking and Talking with Volunteers: what does walking offer the study of volunteering, space and place?

Daly, Siobhan and Allen, Michael (2020) Walking and Talking with Volunteers: what does walking offer the study of volunteering, space and place? Community Development Journal. bsaa019. ISSN 0010-3802 (In Press)

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Abstract

The walking interview is used to explore the lived experiences and meanings individuals attach to place(s). Despite scholarly interest in place and volunteering, attention to the walking interview is lacking. This article presents an exploratory study, which invited five volunteers to participate in a walking interview. Our aim is to discuss the walking interview to expand the range of methodologies employed in research on volunteering, particularly volunteering and place. The walking interview has novel implications for the conceptualization of volunteers and for the meanings individuals identify in their volunteer experience(s). Volunteers can be conceptualized as mobile subjects to explore the implications of physiological movement in place for the volunteer experience. Walking can unearth the significance of emotions and memories to volunteers’ negotiation of the ‘everyday politics’ of volunteering. The mobility of people and objects in sites of volunteering are salient as they reveal embodied aspects of the volunteer experience.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 12:17
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 15:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43138

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