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Title: Facilitating spontaneity: The state and independent volunteering in contemporary Japan
Authors: Avenell, S.A. 
Issue Date: 16-Feb-2010
Citation: Avenell, S.A. (2010-02-16). Facilitating spontaneity: The state and independent volunteering in contemporary Japan. Social Science Japan Journal 13 (1) : 69-93. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper traces state policies for independent volunteerism in Japan from 1945 onward. It shows how official involvement resulted in extensive institutionalization of independent volunteers and helped produce an image of volunteerism as apolitical activity for service provision within the volunteer community. Of particular note is volunteer organizations' greater openness to collaboration with officials and quasi-marketized forms of paid volunteerism. Although the 1990s have been hailed as the beginning of Japan's volunteer revolution, the paper concludes that this period is better understood as an outcome of earlier state policies which helped fashion independent volunteering into a form of service by domesticated, self-reliant subjects. © The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press in conjunction with the University of Tokyo. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Social Science Japan Journal
ISSN: 13691465
DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyq001
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