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Landscapes of voluntarism: new spaces of health, welfare and governance

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Publication date2006
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (print)9781861346322
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The appeal of voluntary action as a solution to growing welfare needs in advanced capitalist countries raises important questions about the social impacts and spatial equity of such provision. For the first time, these issues are addressed within a single book. "Landscapes of Voluntarism" explores the complex relationship between voluntary action, society and space. The 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, counseling, 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.