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Title:ASR Focus on volunteer labor in East Africa
Editors:Brown, Hannah
Prince, Ruth J.ISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:58
Issue:2
Pages:29-133
Language:English
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Kenya
Subjects:popular participation
civil society
community development
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/asr.2015.36
Abstract:Across the globe, voluntary labor is a prominent mode of engagement within development, humanitarian, and philanthropic activities, political activism, social justice movements, and religious organizations, and it is increasingly being used in welfare and health care provision. Volunteerism, defined as the free giving of an individual's labor, time, and energy to a larger cause, collective goal, or public good, carries assumptions about altruism, freedom, and a 'politics of virtue', underscoring the political and social significance of volunteering. It has been tied to political and social projects, and promoted by state and non-state institutions for various ends. The power of volunteerism is particularly apparent in East Africa, the subject of this ASR Focus, where volunteering has a long and rich history and voluntary labor has been reinterpreted through various citizenship and political projects since the colonial period. Articles included in this ASR Focus: Introduction: volunteer labor - pasts and futures of work, development, and citizenship in East Africa (Hannah Brown and Ruth J. Prince); Voluntarism, virtuous citizenship, and nation-building in late colonial and early postcolonial Tanzania (Emma Hunter); At the service of community development: the professionalization of volunteer work in Kenya and Tanzania (Hannah Brown and Maia Green); Seeking incorporation? Voluntary labor and the ambiguities of work, identity, and social value in contemporary Kenya (Ruth J. Prince); Obscuring and revealing: Muslim engagement with volunteering and the aid sector in Tanzania (Felicitas Becker). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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