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Paradoxes in the management of timebanks in the UK’s voluntary sector: discursive bricolage and its limits

Glynos, Jason and Roussos, Konstantinos and Voutyras, Savvas and Warren, Rebecca (2022) 'Paradoxes in the management of timebanks in the UK’s voluntary sector: discursive bricolage and its limits.' Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. ISSN 0957-8765

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Abstract

This paper contributes to our understanding of volunteer management by charting some important challenges associated with the governance of one of UK’s largest timebanking networks. While timebanking is often treated as a form of volunteering, many timebank advocates are keen to distinguish it sharply from traditional volunteering. We suggest that this tension generates a fundamental ‘performance paradox’ in the management of timebanks in the voluntary sector. We draw on political discourse theory to characterise and evaluate associated challenges, suggesting that, when viewed against a host of context-specific organisational and policy pressures, the progressive potential of timebanking cannot be realised as a distinct community economy without adequate support. Instead of taking up a position alongside more traditional forms of volunteering, timebanking is more likely to be subsumed by them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political discourse theory; Timebanks; Volunteer management; Paradox; Discursive bricolage
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 08:50
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 15:12
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32182

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