Rispondere ai bisogni creando legami sociali: il contributo del volontariato

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Responding to needs by creating social bonds: the contribution of volunteering

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] organized volunteering has been identified by sociological reflection as the strategic relational context in which the "base" of secondary social capital is formed. To understand analytically this generative ability which qualifies the Italian voluntary organizations, some empirical findings emerged from a survey recently conducted within a circumscription area of the Municipality of Milan will be illustrated. They consider in particular the relationships between volunteering and other social subjects, in order to grasp the mechanisms of mutual influence, with particular reference to the corporate mission. and what results from these processes in society, in terms of social capital. From a cultural point of view, today's organized voluntary service differs from other forms attributable to the third sector due to the significance of its pro-social motivation (ie for the centrality of gratuitousness, orientation towards altruism and reciprocity. The observation of dimensions “ cultural ", through which it happens, subjectively and collectively, the process of attribution of meaning to action and social relations is fundamental to understanding the corporate forms, that is to say the" practices "that make this process visible at a concrete level of attribution of meaning In the light of this interpretative key, individual volunteers are not perceived as isolated individuals, but as belonging to networks of informal and associative relationships: the latter are crucial in understanding personal biographies and social actions carried out. the plot of relationships experienced by the observed subjects and the exchanges that occur between generations within these networks give new depth to the sociological knowledge of voluntary action.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Responding to needs by creating social bonds: the contribution of volunteering
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)9-40
Number of pages32
JournalPOLITICHE SOCIALI E SERVIZI
Volume2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • bisogni sociali
  • reti sociali
  • volontariato

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