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Governing through volunteering : the discursive field of government-initiated volunteering in the form of workfare volunteering

Els De Waele (UGent) and Lesley Hustinx (UGent)
(2019) NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY. 48(Suppl. 2). p.72S-102S
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The growing intervention of governments in volunteering represents a key change in the environment of volunteering. One increasingly significant expression of such intervention is ‘workfare volunteering’: the use of volunteering in the context of workfare as to foster the economic and/or social reintegration of social assistance recipients. We contribute to the theorizing on volunteering by approaching workfare volunteering as a significant new expression of ‘third-party volunteering’, and by studying the shifting discursive field in which volunteering is re-entangled with workfare volunteering. We do this through a governmentality-inspired discourse analysis of workfare volunteering in one Belgian social assistance center. We conclude that in the context of workfare volunteering, volunteering is redefined as both a disciplining and emancipatory device, bearing both risks and opportunities for our present-day understanding of volunteering.

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De Waele, Els, and Lesley Hustinx. 2019. “Governing Through Volunteering : the Discursive Field of Government-initiated Volunteering in the Form of Workfare Volunteering.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 48 (Suppl. 2): 72S–102S.
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De Waele, E., & Hustinx, L. (2019). Governing through volunteering : the discursive field of government-initiated volunteering in the form of workfare volunteering. NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY, 48(Suppl. 2), 72S–102S.
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De Waele E, Hustinx L. Governing through volunteering : the discursive field of government-initiated volunteering in the form of workfare volunteering. NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY. 2019;48(Suppl. 2):72S–102S.
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De Waele, Els, and Lesley Hustinx. “Governing Through Volunteering : the Discursive Field of Government-initiated Volunteering in the Form of Workfare Volunteering.” NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY 48.Suppl. 2 (2019): 72S–102S. Print.
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  abstract     = {The growing intervention of governments in volunteering represents a key change in the environment of volunteering. One increasingly significant expression of such intervention is ‘workfare volunteering’: the use of volunteering in the context of workfare as to foster the economic and/or social reintegration of social assistance recipients. We contribute to the theorizing on volunteering by approaching workfare volunteering as a significant new expression of ‘third-party volunteering’, and by studying the shifting discursive field in which volunteering is re-entangled with workfare volunteering. We do this through a governmentality-inspired discourse analysis of workfare volunteering in one Belgian social assistance center. We conclude that in the context of workfare volunteering, volunteering is redefined as both a disciplining and emancipatory device, bearing both risks and opportunities for our present-day understanding of volunteering.},
  author       = {De Waele, Els and Hustinx, Lesley},
  issn         = {0899-7640},
  journal      = {NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {Suppl. 2},
  pages        = {72S--102S},
  title        = {Governing through volunteering : the discursive field of government-initiated volunteering in the form of workfare volunteering},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0899764018783094},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2019},
}

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