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Free Content "We'd get slagged and bullied": understanding barriers to volunteering among young people in deprived urban areas

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This article explores barriers to formal volunteering opportunities among young people, aged 12–18, in deprived urban areas in Glasgow, Scotland. It draws on qualitative fieldwork conducted with young volunteers, non-volunteers and youth workers. The article employs Bourdieu's concept of 'habitus' to analyse how objective conditions and subjective dispositions created obstacles to participation. Findings indicate that participants were constrained from accessing volunteering due to: resource issues in youth organisations; a lack of support from schools; a lack of information; and restrictions on their spatial mobilities. These constraints provided conditions in which volunteering became subject to informal penalties. These were not, however, experienced in a uniform manner but intersected with gender and individual trajectories to create varying opportunities for volunteering.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 2018

This article was made available online on November 29, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "“We’d get slagged and bullied”: understanding barriers to volunteering among young people in deprived urban areas".

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