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Politics and Volunteering in Japan: A Global Perspective

Politics and Volunteering in Japan: A Global Perspective

by Mary Alice HaddadMary Alice Haddad


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Politics and Volunteering begins by painting a portrait of volunteering in Japan, and demonstrates that our current understandings of civil society have been based implicitly on a U.S. model that does not adequately consider participation patterns found in other parts of the world. The book develops a theory of civic participation that, incorporates citizen attitudes about governmental and individual responsibility, with societal and governmental practices that support (or hinder) volunteer participation. This theory is tested using cross-national and sub-national statistical analysis, and it is refined through detailed case studies of volunteering in three Japanese cities. The findings are then used to build the Community Volunteerism Model, which explains and predicts both the types and rates of volunteering in communities around the world. The model is tested using four cross-national case studies (Finland, Japan, Turkey and the United States) and three sub-national case studies in Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521869492
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/05/2007
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Mary Alice Haddad is an Assistant Professor of Government and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including ones from the Fulbright A50 program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She has published articles in Comparative Political Studies and an award-winning article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1. Performing their civic duty: a theory of volunteer participation; 2. Patterns of participation: volunteering around the world; 3. Volunteering in Japan: not where you would expect; 4. Practices that count: legitimizing, organizing, and funding volunteers; 5. Engaged communities: the community voluntarism model; 6. Cross-national volunteer participation: testing the community voluntarism model; 7. Conclusion.

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