Working at doing good: worker identity in career volunteers

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dc.contributor.author Carnes, Rebekah
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-25T18:50:59Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-25T18:50:59Z
dc.date.issued 2013-04-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/15609
dc.description.abstract In the current climate of proliferating nonprofit organizations and demanding social service needs, volunteers play a crucial role. This study looks at career volunteers, who, unlike other types of volunteers, identify with their work as if it were a paying occupation. It examines personal narratives and experiences through interviews in two Kansas communities and in-depth participant observation in one Kansas homeless shelter to find unique identity formation in the way that career volunteers make sense of who they are and what they do. These volunteers show a tendency to reject modern frames around the concepts of work, home, and volunteerism. Instead, they integrate life categories, lending an often counter-cultural conception of identity and meaning to their lives’ work. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Volunteerism en_US
dc.subject Non profit sector en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Work en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.title Working at doing good: worker identity in career volunteers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Nadia Shapkina en_US
dc.subject.umi Social Research (0344) en_US
dc.subject.umi Social Work (0452) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology (0626) en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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