Southampton Seminar Series
The Third Sector Research Centre holds regular short seminars to share and discuss research. These seminars are being held in conjunction with Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton. They reflect the wide range of disciplines and topics covered by the Centre’s researchers and research projects.
Seminars are free and all are welcome to attend. For more information please contact David Clifford: email@example.com or Rose Lindsey firstname.lastname@example.org
The flow of soul: A sociological study of generosity in England and Wales
Thursday 2 May 2013, 12.00-13.00
Professor Yaojun Li, from the University of Manchester, looks at three types of altruistic behaviour: joining, helping and giving. The seminar discusses how socio-economic and cultural factors affect these, exploring both absolute and relative rates of giving. Yaojun's research shows that rates of participation are generally high, but falling, although amounts given to charitable causes remained constant in spite of the economic crises. While people in higher class and income positions tend to give more in absolute terms, class differences in relative giving are negligible and there is an inverse relationship between income and relative giving. The interaction between class and income shows that people in higher class but lower income were more generous than their well-off class peers. On the whole, British people are generous, but a key challenge is persuading those who are well of to contribute more. This seminar discusses the challenges for government, employers and fundraising organisations if our society, as well as charitable giving, is to be made Bigger.
Location: Murray Building (Building 58), Room 2097, University of Southampton
Altruistics/Voluntary Sector Research as a Global Interdisciplinary Field and Emerging Academic Discipline
Thursday 9 May 2013, 12.00-13.30
David Horton Smith (Boston College, USA and University of East Anglia) discusses the development of the organised global field, and emerging academic discipline, of altruistics. David devised “altruistics” to refer to all the phenomena of this field, including philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, third sector, voluntary sector, civil society (sector), social economy, volunteering, associations, and nonprofit organisations. He focuses on academic journals and researcher associations founded since ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) in 1971.
David is one of the world’s leading scholars on the voluntary, nonprofit sector. He is in the UK as Honorary Visiting Professor of Altruistics and Community Engagement at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (as a U.S. Fulbright Commission Senior Specialist Distinguished Lecturer). His academic base is Boston College, in the USA, where he is a Research and Emeritus Professor of Sociology. His research, over nearly 50 years, ranges across the fields of nonprofit organisation, and especially voluntary association, structure and operations, the scope and prevalence of associations across territories, the impact of associations and volunteering, misconduct/ deviance in and by associations, altruism and other influences on volunteering, and defining the terms and concepts of the interdisciplinary nonprofit/altruistics field. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Location: Murray Building (Building 58), Room 4121, University of Southampton
For any enquiries, please contact David Clifford (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rose Lindsey (email@example.com)