This book brings together a collection of new and innovative work by researchers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK - settings where issues of voluntarism and participation have become increasingly important for the development and delivery of social welfare policy.
Prefaced by one of the foremost geographers in this field, it contains empirical and theoretical work from both new and well-established geographers.
The chapters explore the interactions between voluntarism and a range of issues including governance, health, community action, faith, ethnicity, counselling, advocacy and professionalisation. The book will be of interest not only to students and researchers in human geography but also to those working in social policy, sociology, health and political science.
The detailed case material will also be of particular interest to practitioners working in the fields of health, governance, social welfare and social exclusion.