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From Seva To Cyberspace: The Many Faces of Volunteering in India

 
Femida Handy (Author) Ors. (Author)
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From Seva to Cyberspace examines the phenomenon of volunteering in India from its earliest instances to present-day manifestations. Tracing the origins of voluntary action in India, the authors examine the historic, religious, and cultural traditions of Seva (direct service to others) that have played an important role in inspiring Indians toward voluntary action.

The book defines the volunteer and discusses the methods of measuring the value of volunteer labor to NGOs. It includes a detailed discussion of the particular contributions of the oldest and youngest volunteers in India. The distinctive motivations and contributions of those with a religious inspiration for voluntary action are explored at length, as are the important issues of service clubs and corporate support for volunteer activities. A unique feature of the book is that it is enriched with narratives and case studies of individuals and organizations that throw light on specific aspects of volunteerism in the Indian context.

The book concludes by taking a look at new trends and the strong continuing traditions that inspire modern volunteers to offer their time and talents in the service of society.

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About the author

Femida Handy

Femida Handy is Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, and at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. She was awarded the ARNOVA and Sage Publishers' Award for Outstanding Article in 1996 for her article that appeared in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly as well as the award by ARNOVA for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation written in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Journal of Comparative Economic, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics and the Journal of Community Practice. She has also co-authored (with R.A. Cnaan, S.C. Boddie, G. Yarcey and R. Schneider), The Invisible Caring Hand: Congregations and the Provisions of Welfare (2002).

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Bibliographic information

Title From Seva To Cyberspace: The Many Faces of Volunteering in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.11.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788132106982
length 272p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm.