A Collective of Their Own: Young Volunteers at the Fringes of the Party Realm

A Collective of Their Own: Young Volunteers at the Fringes of the Party Realm © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden,  DOI: 10.1163/156805808X333938 EJEAS . () – European Journal of East Asian Studies www.brill.nl/ejea A Collective of %eir Own: Young Volunteers at the Fringes of the Party Realm 1 Unn Målfrid H. Rolandsen University of Oslo u.m.h.rolandsen@ikos.uio.no Abstract Based on fieldwork in an urban branch of the China Youth Volunteers’ Association this article discusses how individual motivation for volunteering among young middle-class stu- dents plays a role in the internal reforming of one of the few officially authorised associa- tions available for young people. Whereas Chinese volunteering was once a Party-driven effort supported by Maoist calls to ‘Serve the people’, contemporary Chinese volunteering is promoted with a focus on the volunteer’s own experience and commitment. Interviews and participant observation demonstrate how young volunteers use the Party-linked Volun- teers’ Association not merely instrumentally to support their own personal ambitions, but also as a social space where the individual may find room to ‘give and share beyond the fam- ily’. %e analysis shows that volunteering is perceived differently by volunteers’ families, the local media, the local community and the volunteers themselves. %e article concludes that what attracts youth to the volunteer movement is the opportunity http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of East Asian Studies Brill

A Collective of Their Own: Young Volunteers at the Fringes of the Party Realm

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/a-collective-of-their-own-young-volunteers-at-the-fringes-of-the-party-qNW2CQcgJc
Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1568-0584
eISSN
1570-0615
D.O.I.
10.1163/156805808X333938
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden,  DOI: 10.1163/156805808X333938 EJEAS . () – European Journal of East Asian Studies www.brill.nl/ejea A Collective of %eir Own: Young Volunteers at the Fringes of the Party Realm 1 Unn Målfrid H. Rolandsen University of Oslo u.m.h.rolandsen@ikos.uio.no Abstract Based on fieldwork in an urban branch of the China Youth Volunteers’ Association this article discusses how individual motivation for volunteering among young middle-class stu- dents plays a role in the internal reforming of one of the few officially authorised associa- tions available for young people. Whereas Chinese volunteering was once a Party-driven effort supported by Maoist calls to ‘Serve the people’, contemporary Chinese volunteering is promoted with a focus on the volunteer’s own experience and commitment. Interviews and participant observation demonstrate how young volunteers use the Party-linked Volun- teers’ Association not merely instrumentally to support their own personal ambitions, but also as a social space where the individual may find room to ‘give and share beyond the fam- ily’. %e analysis shows that volunteering is perceived differently by volunteers’ families, the local media, the local community and the volunteers themselves. %e article concludes that what attracts youth to the volunteer movement is the opportunity

Journal

European Journal of East Asian StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: VOLUNTEERING; MIDDLE-CLASS YOUTH

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off