Residents' Agency Makes a Difference in Volunteering in an Urban Neighbourhood

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Lund , V & Juujärvi , S 2018 , ' Residents' Agency Makes a Difference in Volunteering in an Urban Neighbourhood ' , Voluntas , vol. 29 , no. 4 , pp. 756-769 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-018-9955-4

Title: Residents' Agency Makes a Difference in Volunteering in an Urban Neighbourhood
Author: Lund, Virpi; Juujärvi, Soile
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)
University of Helsinki, Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Date: 2018-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Voluntas
ISSN: 1573-7888
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298453
Abstract: In this case study, we aimed to investigate residents' agency through their participation in the development of their residential area in the city of Espoo, Finland. With the aid of seven themes, we identified by thematic analysis five types of residents in terms of agency: free floaters, home troops and helpers, representative information brokers, informed reviewers, and change agents. Relational agency, rooted from the cultural-historical activity theory, necessitated recognizing the available resources, understanding the motives of others, and collaborating in joint activities. The results of 30 interviews showed that residents are willing to participate, and they need space and structure to exploit their relational agency in order to build common interests in their neighbourhood. The findings are discussed with reference to the potential of residents' agency while participating in neighbourhood governance and volunteering. Our study contributes to the understanding of residents' relational agency in community development and in volunteering.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Citizen participation
Community development
Relational agency
Residents
Volunteering
UK LOCAL GOVERNANCE
EMPATHIC CONCERN
PARTICIPATION
ASSOCIATION
PERSONALITY
PERSPECTIVE
RESOURCES
KNOWLEDGE
WORK
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