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Beyond voluntary organizations and the welfare state: Patterns of informal helping in the Scandinavian countries
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping). Institute for Civil Society Research, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Research and Development, University College Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Institute for Social Research (ISF), Oslo, Norway.
2019 (English)In: Civic engagement in Scandinavia: Volunteering, informal help and giving in Denmark, Norway and Sweden / [ed] L. S. Henriksen, K. Strømsnes & L. Svedberg, Cham: Springer, 2019, p. 95-111Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter studies patterns of informal helping in Scandinavia. Previous research has assumed that due to the extensive welfare state, informal helping has been less important in the Scandinavian countries. However, the results presented in this chapter show that informal helping is widespread in these countries. Furthermore, earlier studies on this topic have taken either a ‘welfare state/care culture’ perspective or a ‘civil society’ perspective as a point of departure. We argue that both perspectives are relevant, but they point to different forms of informal help in terms of who are the recipients of help. Whereas help provided to relatives may be viewed as a ‘family duty’ and linked to a certain care culture, help provided to non-relatives is arguably more comparable to behaviour driven by altruism and therefore linked to civic engagement. The results suggest that the latter perspective is more predominant in Denmark than in Norway and Sweden. In Denmark, informal help provided to non-relatives is associated with volunteering and social trust. The findings call for further theorising on the relationship between informal help, the welfare state and civil society.

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Cham: Springer, 2019. p. 95-111
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Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies, ISSN 1568-2579
Keywords [en]
Informal helping; Social trust; Volunteering; Relatives; Care culture; Welfare state
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42145DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98717-0_4ISBN: 978-3-319-98717-0 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-319-98716-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-42145DiVA, id: diva2:1266082
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First online 10 October 2018.

Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-01-24Bibliographically approved

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