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Prosocial DevelopmentA Multidimensional Approach$
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Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Gustavo Carlo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.001.0001

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The Social Construction of Volunteering

The Social Construction of Volunteering

(p.393) 19 The Social Construction of Volunteering
Prosocial Development

Daniel Hart

Michael J. Sulik

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the nature of volunteering, then presents research from three domains to highlight the relations between volunteering and culture. First, the chapter describes cross-national differences in volunteering rates using data from the World Values Survey and review the evidence for cross-cultural differences in predictors of volunteering. Next, the chapter uses historical data from a large corpus of published books to examine the association between moral foundation words and volunteering. Finally, the chapter tests predictions based on these associations using data from the Midlife in the United States survey. The chapter concludes with a discussion of volunteering as influenced by cultural values that differ both across cultures and within the same culture over time.

Keywords:   volunteering, cross-cultural, cross-national, Google Ngram, moral foundations theory, agreeableness, religiosity, cohort effects

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