Ethical citizenship? Volunteers and the ethics of providing services for homeless people

P Cloke, J May, S Johnsen

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    71 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    This paper draws on wider research into the uneven spatialities of emergency services for homeless people in England, and focuses on the role of volunteers in staffing these spaces of care. In the first part of the paper, we explore the contemporary context of voluntarism, locating opportunities for volunteers in the shifting nature and character of organisations providing these services. We also trace conceptualisations of motivational underpinning of volunteering, arguing for the inseparability of giving and receiving in this context. These discussions frame the second part of the paper where we use interview and participant observation research to discuss what motivates volunteers to identify with and serve homeless people. The paper interprets the discourses, practices and performances of volunteering in services for homeless people in order to understand how volunteers are implicated in the co-construction of spaces of care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1089-1101
    Number of pages13
    JournalGeoforum
    Volume38
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Ethical citizenship? Volunteers and the ethics of providing services for homeless people'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this