Studies from Multiple Contexts
There is a growing interest in studying nonprofit organizations and volunteers as an alternative to studying employees in for-profit businesses and government agencies. This is driven in part by the recognition that volunteers make important contributions to society and the economy. This book is the first edited volume written primarily by communication scholars to focus on volunteers. It explores the experience of being a volunteer and managing volunteers through a focus on empirical examination of communication in volunteering. The contributors explore volunteers broadly and are divided into five sections which cover becoming a volunteer; learning about self as a volunteer; dark sides of volunteering; organizationally supported volunteering; and voice and dissent. The final chapter suggests areas of future research and application of the book.
An important focus of the book is its data-based, empirical studies. Although each chapter includes applications, those recommendations are based on systematic studies of volunteers rather than primarily on anecdotal evidence or previous literature. Furthermore, each chapter includes a brief field experience narrative written by a volunteer, as well as addressing a broader conceptual or theoretical issue of organizational studies. In this way the book provides more than just case studies of volunteers, but also addresses general organizational issues.
Ch 10: Volunteer Tourists: The Identity and Discourse of Travelers Combining Largesse and Leisure
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VOLUNTEER TOURISTS: THE IDENTITY AND DISCOURSE OF TRAVELERS COMBINING LARGESSE AND LEISURE
Jennifer Mize Smith, Ph.D. Western Kentucky University
Day 8: Finally on my last flight home from Colombia. I was barely seated when the person next to me asked about my trip. I explained my research on voluntourism. “Really?” he replied. “We’ve been in Miami trying to get a break from reality. I can’t imagine taking a vacation to deal with other people’s problems.” But that’s exactly what voluntourists do. –Researcher’s journal entry
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