November 7, 2007 | Publications

Volunteers: A Social Profile

Authors: Marc Music, Ph.D., John Wilson

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RGK Center Faculty Fellow Marc Musick has a new book on volunteering entitled Volunteers: A Social Profile. The book brings together the research of Musick and John Wilson (Duke University) and provides an examination of the causes and consequences of volunteering. The book argues that volunteers play a critical role in society; without them, many nonprofit, religious and governmental institutions would simply cease to function. Yet, recently a number of commentators have claimed that engagement in civic life and the quality of social connections are in decline, particularly in the United States. In this context, the need to know how and why people volunteer has become increasingly important.

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