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Volunteer Work: Negotiating Boundaries Between Paid and Unpaid Work in the New Economy

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With a deteriorating labour market and funding reductions in social services, volunteerism has grown to include 47% of the Canadian population. Through a political economy framework, this paper draws on open-ended, semi-structured interviews with volunteers (aged 15-29) within community and social service agencies in Toronto, a sector increasingly reliant on volunteer labour. It explores how the increasing presence of volunteerism is connected to the reshaping of conditions and social relations of paid work and implications this holds for both those looking to enter and those already in the paid workforce. With a decline in manufacturing jobs, the rise of precarious work in ‘new economy’ industries, and severe austerity measures, Toronto records the lowest youth employment rate in the province (43.5%), and is held solely responsible for Ontario’s (Canada’s most populous province) employment rate being below the national average. In this context, the findings of this paper suggest that youth and young adults are increasingly compelled to volunteer in order to gain work-related skills and establish networks that will enhance their chances of obtaining permanent, meaningful employment. Growing participation in unpaid work is taking place in response to increasing insecurity and precarity within the labour market. The blurring of boundaries between paid and unpaid work is made evident through the fact that elsewhere in the labour market the same work is performed for a wage.
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Postic, Nikolina. "Volunteer Work: Negotiating Boundaries Between Paid and Unpaid Work in the New Economy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708118_index.html>

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Postic, N. , 2014-03-27 "Volunteer Work: Negotiating Boundaries Between Paid and Unpaid Work in the New Economy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708118_index.html

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Abstract: With a deteriorating labour market and funding reductions in social services, volunteerism has grown to include 47% of the Canadian population. Through a political economy framework, this paper draws on open-ended, semi-structured interviews with volunteers (aged 15-29) within community and social service agencies in Toronto, a sector increasingly reliant on volunteer labour. It explores how the increasing presence of volunteerism is connected to the reshaping of conditions and social relations of paid work and implications this holds for both those looking to enter and those already in the paid workforce. With a decline in manufacturing jobs, the rise of precarious work in ‘new economy’ industries, and severe austerity measures, Toronto records the lowest youth employment rate in the province (43.5%), and is held solely responsible for Ontario’s (Canada’s most populous province) employment rate being below the national average. In this context, the findings of this paper suggest that youth and young adults are increasingly compelled to volunteer in order to gain work-related skills and establish networks that will enhance their chances of obtaining permanent, meaningful employment. Growing participation in unpaid work is taking place in response to increasing insecurity and precarity within the labour market. The blurring of boundaries between paid and unpaid work is made evident through the fact that elsewhere in the labour market the same work is performed for a wage.


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