Research Report: a survey of spontaneous volunteers

Cottrell, Alison (2010) Research Report: a survey of spontaneous volunteers. Report. Australian Red Cross.

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When a disaster occurs, people volunteer their assistance for the aid of those affected. Broadly, this assistance can be donations of money or goods, loans of equipment, and donations of time and labour. In the ‘disasters’ and ‘sociology’ literature, these actions are described as emergent behaviour, convergent behaviour and, in the case of volunteers themselves, spontaneous behaviour. This report is based on applied social research with people who spontaneously volunteered to assist others affected by a major disaster, and who had registered formally with an agency.

Item ID: 11753
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: spontaneous volunteers; disasters; emergencies; motivations, expectations
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2010 05:47
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 100%
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