Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Voluntary Work as Work?: Some Implications for Labour History

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (1998), 74, (1), 10–20.

Abstract

This paper considers why voluntary endeavours have been omitted from standard studies of labour and examines some of the implications of recognising those endeavours as work. The inclusion of voluntary activity raises questions about how we define work and careers, and how we distinguish between work, activism and leisure. Through its intersections with other types of work, it contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of the economic roles and relationships usually encompassed within the field of labour history. Although the study of voluntary work is itself problematic, it may provide new points of entry into a history of labour.

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Scott, Joanne

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