Bake Sales for a Better America: The Role of School Volunteers in Civic Life

By Rebecca Deen and Beth Anne Shelton.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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How strong is the social fabric weaving together various threads of civil society? In what ways do members of a community engage (or disengage) with one another? Do political and social institutions (e.g., schools, civic organizations, churches and religious groups) connect us to one another? These questions are at the heart of the discourse on civic engagement in which both political scientists and sociologists have been engaged (see for example, Putnam 2000, Burns, Schlozman and Verba 2001, Skocpol and Fiorina 1999). In our research, women’s participation in civic life is explored through an examination of school-related volunteer organizations. In particular we examine the ways women situate their volunteerism, exploring their life experiences that provide civic skill development and applying the Civic Volunteerism Model (Verba, Schlozman and Brady 1995).

Keywords: Civic Engagement, Volunteerism, Gender, Philanthropy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.25-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 797.595KB).

Dr. Rebecca Deen

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA

Rebecca Deen is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has published numerous articles on women in the political process, the U.S. presidency, and effective pedagogy in journals such as Women & Politics, State and Local Government Review, Congress & the Presidency and Judicature. Current research includes an exploration of women leaders in state legislatures and an examination of the politics of school-related volunteer organizations and their role in educational policy.

Dr. Beth Anne Shelton

Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA

Beth Anne Shelton is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research focuses primarily on issues related to women’s use of time, including time spent on household labor and, more recently, volunteer activities. In addition, her research on women’s time use has included assessment of the impact of time use patterns on women’s employment, including earnings and time spent in paid work. She has also done research on family time use patterns, particularly the way school demands impact the family, including parents and children.


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