Volunteering, social cohesion and race: the German Technical Relief Service

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Chadderton, C. 2016. Volunteering, social cohesion and race: the German Technical Relief Service. Voluntary Sector Review. 7 (3), pp. 233-249.
AuthorsChadderton, C.
Abstract

This paper contributes to the debate on whether volunteering influences social cohesion, and argues that issues of race equality should be considered in this discussion. Whilst the German government, like other European states, promotes volunteering as a way of improving social cohesion, discussions on social cohesion in Germany tend not to mention race explicitly, whilst studies on volunteering tend to neglect to explore race at all. When they do, race is simply considered a factor influencing engagement, rather than a structural issue. Employing the example of the German Technical Relief Service for civil defence, the paper explores race relations and representation in Germany, where discussions on race generally remain taboo, drawing on theories of structural racism and whiteness. The paper concludes that it cannot be unproblematically assumed that volunteering leads to social cohesion in an ethnically diverse society if racial inequalities are not addressed.

JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Journal citation7 (3), pp. 233-249
ISSN2040-8056
Year2016
PublisherPolicy Press
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1332/204080516X14672980651609
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516X14672980651609
Publication dates
Print08 Jul 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Jun 2016
Accepted16 Jun 2016
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council
Economic and Social Research Council
Copyright informationThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516X14672980651609
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