Conducive social roles and demographics influencing volunteering

David H. Smith, Lili Wang

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This chapter reviews evidence that social statuses, roles, and other demographic variables influence formal volunteering (FV) and association participation. Dominant status theory (DST) predicts greater participation for individuals with a more dominant (valued and preferred by the socio-cultural system) social status or set of these, such as higher socio-economic status (SES) or involvement in a higher status religion (Smith 1994). The validity of Smith’s revised dominant status theory (RDST), as stated here, is compared with the validity of Wilson’s (2000) resource-capital theory (R-CT), which predicts more volunteering for individuals who have more of various kinds of resources-capital. Although differential validation is difficult, we argue that RDST is superior in giving a more nuanced approach to resources that explains their variations in explanatory/predictive power across contemporary societies and over historical time in any society. Recent research by Smith (2016b) on Russian national sample interview data confirms that the psychology of RDST is far more important than the resources of R-CT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages632-681
Number of pages50
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781137263179
ISBN (Print)9781137263162
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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Smith, D. H., & Wang, L. (2017). Conducive social roles and demographics influencing volunteering. In The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (Vol. 1, pp. 632-681). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-26317-9_29

Conducive social roles and demographics influencing volunteering. / Smith, David H.; Wang, Lili.

The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. Vol. 1 Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 632-681.

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Smith, DH & Wang, L 2017, Conducive social roles and demographics influencing volunteering. in The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. vol. 1, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 632-681. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-26317-9_29
Smith DH, Wang L. Conducive social roles and demographics influencing volunteering. In The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. Vol. 1. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. p. 632-681 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-26317-9_29
Smith, David H. ; Wang, Lili. / Conducive social roles and demographics influencing volunteering. The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. Vol. 1 Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. pp. 632-681
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