I've got goose bumps just talking about it!: Affective life on neoliberalized volunteering programmes

Griffiths, Mark (2015) I've got goose bumps just talking about it!: Affective life on neoliberalized volunteering programmes. Tourist Studies, 15 (2). pp. 205-221. ISSN 1468-7976

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468797614563437


In recent years, research has focussed on the ‘neoliberalization’ of volunteering programmes in the developing South. Commonly cited processes include an uncritical pedagogy of development and a heavy emphasis on ‘difference making’ and curriculum vitae building. These neoliberalizing processes, research finds, have come to shape the affective and emotional experience of volunteers on placement. This article presents an alternative reading of the embodied experience of volunteering. Affect here is understood as autonomous and explored as a potential ‘outside’ to formations of power and neoliberalization. The discussion begins with a critical reading of the British government’s International Citizen Service programme, drawing out its neoliberalized construction of volunteers as ‘global citizens’. The article then moves on to present affective data from fieldwork carried out on International Citizen Service projects in India. The argument is made that neoliberalism need not be the only frame of analysis; volunteers experience rich inter-subjectivities that cannot (and should not) be easily attributed to processes of neoliberalization. The resulting account writes into being the affective life on placement as potentially autonomous of expressions of power and neoliberalization.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: international volunteering, affect, neoliberalization, socially engaged research
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mark Griffiths
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 10:18
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28528

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