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The Ages of VoluntarismHow we got to the Big Society$
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Matthew Hilton and James McKay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264829

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264829.001.0001

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Professionalisation, new social movements and voluntary action in the 1960s and 1970s

Professionalisation, new social movements and voluntary action in the 1960s and 1970s

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(p.114) 6. Professionalisation, new social movements and voluntary action in the 1960s and 1970s
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The Ages of Voluntarism
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Virginia Berridge

Alex Mold

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264829.003.0006

This chapter explores the heightened professionalism of the voluntary sector as it adapted to the emergence of a new form of activist, as a way of analysing the utility of different methodological approaches. Using the case-study of voluntary action around smoking and illegal drugs, it demonstrates that the distinctions between old and new politics, between insider and outsider groups, simply ‘melt away’ when closely examined. Instead, the chapter pays attention on the ‘in between spaces’ of the oppositional models, where organisations merged counter-cultural presentation and thought with more traditional pressure-group and service-provision activity, and combined policy challenge with partnership-working, a balancing act enabled by a surprisingly permissive statutory funding regime.

Keywords:   voluntary sector, professionalisation, social movements, smoking, illegal drugs, insider groups, outsider groups, pressure groups, counter-culture

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