Ethnographies of Volunteering: Providing Nuance to the Links Between Volunteering and Development

Chadwick, Alice, Fadel, Bianca and Millora, Chris (2021) Ethnographies of Volunteering: Providing Nuance to the Links Between Volunteering and Development. Voluntas. ISSN 0957-8765 (In Press)

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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: Positionality, Qualitative methods, Development, Volunteering, Ethnography
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 12:56
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 13:00

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