Voluntarism, health and place: bringing an emerging field into focus

Skinner , Mark W. and Power, Andrew (2011) Voluntarism, health and place: bringing an emerging field into focus. Health & Place, 17, (1), 1-6. (PMID:20888283).


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Featuring a review of health geography contributions to the recent ‘voluntary turn’ in the health and social sciences, this paper introduces a theme section comprising five other papers that explore the links among voluntarism, health and place. The introductory paper elucidates the emergence of health voluntarism as a field of study within geography and highlights the crucial difference ‘place’ makes to understanding voluntary activity in the context of health, care and wellbeing. Questions are raised about theoretical, methodological and policy contributions and potential avenues for fulfilling a more inclusive ‘health geographies of voluntarism’ are discussed.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1353-8292 (print)
Keywords: voluntary turn, geographies of voluntarism, health geography, field of study
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography
ePrint ID: 194115
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2011Published
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2011 09:06
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:43
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/194115

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