Volunteering, social cohesion and race: The German Technical Relief Service

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Chadderton, C. 2016. Volunteering, social cohesion and race: The German Technical Relief Service. Voluntary Sector Review. 7 (3), p. 233–249. https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516x14672980651609
AuthorsChadderton, C.
Abstract

This article contributes to the debate on whether volunteering influences social cohesion, and argues that issues of race equality should be considered in this discussion. While the German government, like other European states, promotes volunteering as a way of improving social cohesion, discussions on social cohesion in Germany tend not to mention race explicitly, while studies on volunteering tend to neglect to explore race at all. When they do, race is simply considered a factor influencing engagement, rather than a structural issue. Employing the example of the German Technical Relief Service for civil defence, the article explores race relations and representation in Germany, where discussions on race generally remain taboo, drawing on theories of structural racism and whiteness. The article concludes that it cannot be unproblematically assumed that volunteering leads to social cohesion in an ethnically diverse society if racial inequalities are not addressed.

Keywordsvolunteering ; social cohesion ; race equality
Year2016
JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Journal citation7 (3), p. 233–249
PublisherPolicy Press
ISSN2040-8064
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516x14672980651609
Web address (URL)https://repository.uel.ac.uk/item/85049
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