The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations

  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • David Horton Smith
  • Robert A. Stebbins
  • Jurgen Grotz
  • Jurgen Grotz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xliv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David H. Smith, Robert A. Stebbins
      Pages 1-20
  3. Historical and Conceptual Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Bernard Harris, Andrew Morris, Richard S. Ascough, Grace L. Chikoto, Peter R. Elson, John McLoughlin et al.
      Pages 23-58
    3. David H. Smith, Stijn Van Puyvelde
      Pages 59-89
    4. David H. Smith, Robert A. Stebbins, Jurgen Grotz, Pradeep Kumar, Janice L. H. Nga, Stijn Van Puyvelde
      Pages 90-125
    5. John P. Robinson, Jonathan Gershuny, David H. Smith, Kimberly Fisher, Chang-Won Lee, Robert A. Stebbins
      Pages 126-144
    6. David H. Smith, Sarah Dury, John Mohan, Robert A. Stebbins
      Pages 145-177
    7. Jan W. van Deth, Bob Edwards, Gabriel B˘adescu, Alisa Moldavanova, Michael Woolcock
      Pages 178-197
    8. Vincent Chua, Bonnie H. Erickson
      Pages 198-205
  4. Special Types of Volunteering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Christopher J. Einolf, Lionel Prouteau, Tamara Nezhina, Aigerim R. Ibrayeva
      Pages 223-241
    3. Benjamin J. Lough, Peter Devereux, Helene Perold, Agnes Uhereczky
      Pages 242-258
    4. Thomas A. Bryer, Cristian Pliscoff, Benjamin J. Lough, Ebenezer Obadare, David H. Smith
      Pages 259-274
    5. Stephen L. Wearing, Angela M. Benson, Nancy McGehee
      Pages 275-289
    6. Helen K. Liu, Yvonne D. Harrison, Jackie J. K. Lai, Grace L. Chikoto, Karina Jones-Lungo
      Pages 290-310
    7. Benigno E. Aguirre, Jesus Macias-Medrano, José Luis Batista-Silva, Grace L. Chikoto, Quintus R. Jett, Karina Jones-Lungo
      Pages 311-329
    8. Jeffrey L. Brudney, Young-joo Lee, Suad A. Bin Afif, Nick Ockenden, Aminata Sillah
      Pages 330-348

About this book


Written by over 200 leading experts from over seventy countries, this handbook provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of the latest theory and research on volunteering, civic participation and nonprofit membership associations. The first handbook on the subject to be truly multinational and interdisciplinary in its authorship, it represents a major milestone for the discipline. Each chapter follows a rigorous theoretical structure examining definitions, historical background, key analytical issues, usable knowledge, and future trends and required research. The nine parts of the handbook cover the historical and conceptual background of the discipline; special types of volunteering; the major activity areas of volunteering and associations; influences on volunteering and association participation; the internal structures of associations; the internal processes of associations; the external environments of associations; the scope and impacts of volunteering and associations; and conclusions and future prospects.

This handbook provides an essential reference work for third-sector research and practice, including a valuable glossary of terms defining over eighty key concepts. Sponsored by the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (ICSERA;, it will appeal to scholars, policymakers and practitioners, and helps to define the emergent academic discipline of voluntaristics.


Volunteering citizen participation voluntary associations membership associations voluntaristics influences on volunteering and participation history of associations theories of associations and volunteering typologies of associations and volunteering serious leisure leisure and volunteering Leisure General Activity Pattern/LGAP social capital social networks and associations hybrid associations informal volunteering stipended transnational and national service volunteering tourism volunteering online volunteering and cyber-associations capital demography environment Nation nature participation pluralism service society technology tourism Tradition Transnational trust

Authors and affiliations

  • David Horton Smith
    • 1
  • David Horton Smith
    • 2
  • David Horton Smith
    • 3
  • David Horton Smith
    • 4
  • David Horton Smith
    • 5
  • Robert A. Stebbins
    • 6
  • Jurgen Grotz
    • 7
  • Jurgen Grotz
    • 8
  1. 1.Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  3. 3.University of East AngliaNorwichUK
  4. 4.City University LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Institute for Philanthropy, Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  6. 6.University of CalgaryCanada
  7. 7.Institute for Volunteering Research, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)UK
  8. 8.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-26316-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-26317-9
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