On the Changing Civic Landscape in Denmark and its Consequences for Civic Action

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Throughout the past three decades, changing governments in Denmark have been cultivating a more proactive role for civil society organizations by emphasizing the legitimacy of voluntary social work as part of the social service provision in a hard-pressed welfare state. At the same time, political and public actors praise the civic virtues and democratic skills that volunteers obtain when participating in any kind of voluntary organization. This notion of voluntary organizations as “schools for democracy” already lacks empirical grounding. Given the increased instrumentalization of voluntary social work, it becomes even more important to ask what the modes of participation look like among volunteers within the new organizational forms. In this article, we review key trends and changes at the institutional level and present data from a long-term ethnographic study that explores the mode of participation of volunteers within an organizational form that responds to the demands of the current civic landscape. We demonstrate that while the organizational form in question aptly and strategically navigates the competitive, welfare-oriented, institutional environment, the space for civic action among the volunteers is limited.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Vol/bind30
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)62-73
ISSN0957-8765
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2019

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Denmark
social work
instrumentalization
participation
welfare state
mobile social services
civil society
legitimacy
welfare
democracy
organization
lack
trend
school
Volunteers
Voluntary organizations
Social work
Organizational form
Participation

Emneord

  • frivilligt socialt arbejde
  • frivillig deltagelse
  • nye organiseringsformer
  • etnografi
  • hybriditet
  • civil handlen

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On the Changing Civic Landscape in Denmark and its Consequences for Civic Action. / Grubb, Ane; Henriksen, Lars Skov.

I: VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Bind 30, Nr. 1, 02.2019, s. 62-73.

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