Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies

Religion and Volunteering

Complex, contested and ambiguous relationships

Editors: Hustinx, L., Von Essen, J., Haers, J., Mels, S. (Eds.)

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  • Challenges standard interpretation of the relationship between religion and volunteering
  • Further defines the complex phenomenon of religion and volunteerism
  • Looks beyond Western world and religions
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Religion is considered a key predictor of volunteering: the more religious people are, the more likely they are to volunteer. This positive association enjoys significant support in current research; in fact, it could be considered the ‘default perspective’ on the relationship between both phenomena. In this book, the authors claim that, although the dominant approach is legitimate and essential, it nonetheless falls short in grasping the full complexity of the interaction between religion and volunteering. It needs to be recognized that there are tensions between religion and volunteering, and that these tensions are intensifying as a result of the changing meaning and role of religion in society. Therefore, the central aim and contribution of this book is to demonstrate that the relationship between religion and volunteering is not univocal but differentiated, ambiguous and sometimes provocative. By introducing the reader to a much wider landscape of perspectives, this volume offers a richer, more complex and variable understanding. Apart from the established positive causality, the authors examine tensions between religion and volunteering from the perspective of religious obligation, religious change, processes of secularization and notions of post-secularity. They further explore how actions that are considered altruistic, politically neutral and motivated by religious beliefs can be used for political reasons. This volume opens up the field to new perspectives on religious actors and on how religion and volunteering are enacted outside Western liberal and Christian societies. It emphasizes interdisciplinary perspectives, including theology, philosophy, sociology, political science, anthropology and architecture.

About the authors

Lesley Hustinx is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology of Ghent University

Johan Von Essen is Doctor of Divinity and Researcher at the Institute for Civil Society Studies, Ersta Sköndal University College

Jacques Haers is director of academic affairs at the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp

Sara Mels is project-coordinator at the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 124,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion and Volunteering
Book Subtitle
Complex, contested and ambiguous relationships
Editors
  • Lesley Hustinx
  • Johan Von Essen
  • Jacques Haers
  • Sara Mels
Series Title
Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04585-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04585-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04584-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34669-4
Series ISSN
1568-2579
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 352
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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