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Part-time work and activity in voluntary associations in Great Britain

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Publication date

2009

Abstract

This paper evaluates both the economic, or rational choice, and sociological theories to examine the effects of part-time working on employees' activity in voluntary associations. Using longitudinal data analysis of the British Household Panel Survey from 1993 to 2005, this study demonstrates that, in Britain, part-time work increases the likelihood of individual level involvement in expressive voluntary associations (i.e. associations orientated to relatively immediate benefits for their members) but it is negatively related to their involvement in instrumental-expressive (such as trade unions and professionals' associations) and instrumental (political, environmental, and voluntary service) associations. The main conclusion is that time is an important resource for activity in expressive voluntary associations; however, for activity in instrumental and instrumental-expressive associations other factors are more important.

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Sociological Research Online

Volume

14 (5)

Subjects

Unpaid Work and Labour Market

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1402839

Notes

Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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