Patterns of voluntary participation in membership associations: a study of UK heritage supporter groups

Holmes, Kirsten and Slater, Alix (2012) Patterns of voluntary participation in membership associations: a study of UK heritage supporter groups. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 41 (5). pp. 850-869. ISSN 0899-7640

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Abstract

Previous studies of membership associations identify differences between passive and active participation and also identify both sociodemographic and motivational factors as influencing participation. Extant research has, however, relied on crosssectional survey data which does not capture the whole picture of an individual’s memberships. This article reports on a mixed-methods study of members of voluntary associations in the UK heritage sector to examine patterns of participation. The data
reveals intensity of participation ranging from passive to active membership and we identify a new form of engagement: substituters. We find motivation to be the main influence on participation level and identify a new group of members based on
their motivation: hobbyists. The data also reveals barriers to participation, including distance to the heritage site, aging, work and family commitments, and participation in other membership or voluntary associations. Last, members display varying levels
of participation over time within the same association.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 10751
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Depositing User: Alix Slater
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 06:37
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:27
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10751

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