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Politics and Volunteering in Japan

Politics and Volunteering in Japan
A Global Perspective

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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521869492

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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.

    • Detailed study of civil society in Japan
    • Rigorous statistical analysis of volunteering around the world
    • New perspective on civil society and volunteer participation in the United States
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    'This book presents a positivistic political science study on volunteerism in Japan.' Japanese Journal of Political Science

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521869492
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.458kg
    • contains: 17 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Author

    Mary Alice Haddad, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
    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.

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