Vortrag im Oberseminar: "Volunteering as Encompassment. The Identity Politics of Volunteers in South African Crime Prevention."
Vortrag im Oberseminar
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirsch, Universität Konstanz
"Volunteering as Encompassment. The Identity Politics of Volunteers in South African Crime Prevention"
"Using fieldwork data from South Africa, my paper highlights ambiguities of volunteerism as idea and practice by exploring discursive strategies used by volunteers in the field of civic crime prevention when the ethical honesty and selflessness of their commitment in volunteering is questioned by others. These ambiguities have to do with asymmetries in the relationship between donors and recipients of volunteerism as well as, most importantly, the challenge to determine what constitutes the 'common good'. It is demonstrated that these strategies entail (i) accommodating contentions about the social identity of the volunteer by stressing the volunteer’s commitment to abstract causes and objectives; (ii) accommodating contentions about powerful asymmetries between donors and recipients of volunteerism by invoking an encompassing sociality, and/or (iii) accommodating contentions about the (alleged) self-interestedness of volunteers by defining their personal benefits of volunteering not as an end in and by themselves but as 'private means' to 'public ends'. All three strategies have in common that volunteers as 'ethical subjects' can here be shown to be part of identity politics and to be co-produced with South African 'communities of ethics' on different social scales."
Wann? Montag, 30. Juni 2014 , 18 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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