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Geographies of Voluntarism: mapping the terrain

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Geography Compass
Issue number2
Volume1
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)183-199
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In the last decade or so a body of geographical work has begun to emerge that examines, in various ways, the interrelationship between people, place, volunteering and the voluntary sector. Work in this field is spread across a number of geographical subdisciplines, from social, health and development to political geography. As a body of work it is increasingly being referred to as ‘geographies of voluntarism’. Focusing specifically on voluntary activity around health and welfare, this article reviews how geographers have begun to critically engage with issues of voluntary activity and space. It draws out how geographical perspectives on voluntarism are contributing to a wider understanding of how and why disparities in voluntary activity occur and the implications for people and places at a range of spatial scales from the global to the local.