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2006 - American Sociological Association Pages: 19 pages || Words: 5672 words || 
1. Vogel, Ann. and Lang, Iain. "Working in the Age of Flexibility: The “Crisis of Work” and the Meaning of Volunteering" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal Convention Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Aug 11, 2006 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-08-17 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: That “crisis of work” theories have inadequately interrogated such forms of work as volunteering and neglected the growth in political attention paid to their economic relevance is contrasted by studies that aim to tease out the value of and purpose behind volunteering’s labor, its cultural connotation, and the study of its social-attainment effects. In this study we look at the "crisis of work" account by Sennett and use data on volunteers to examine some of his assumptions about labor in the new cultural economy. Rather than assuming, with Gorz and others, that we are moving beyond a workplace-based society, we argue that alternative forms of creative work, which are both individually and collectively enhancing, are moving into the zone of work. Whether these change the subjective meanings of volunteering and the meaning of work as labor is a matter for investigation.

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