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Volunteers: Reflexive Social Agents


Stirling, C, Volunteers: Reflexive Social Agents , Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 47-56. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Community participation is increasingly seen as a valuable addition to service provision. But we lack adequate understanding of what links individuals to community participation and how this influences community participation. In this chapter I outline a Reflexive Social Volunteer Agent model as an explanation of volunteering. The model uses a critical realist framework to incorporate the concepts of reflexive individuals, interests, agency and identities to understand volunteer involvement with health services. The model outlined will be useful for health services and policy makers that desire to generate or harness community participation for services.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords: community participation, volunteers, identity, interests, critical realism, health services
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Stirling, C (Professor Christine Stirling)
ID Code:71831
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-08-10
Last Modified:2018-04-04
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