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More Than a ‘Little Act of Kindness’? Towards a Typology of Volunteering as Unpaid Work

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More Than a ‘Little Act of Kindness’? Towards a Typology of Volunteering as Unpaid Work. / Kelemen, Mihaela; Mangan, Anita; Moffat, Sue.

In: Sociology, Vol. 51, No. 6, 12.2017, p. 1239-1256 .

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Kelemen, Mihaela ; Mangan, Anita ; Moffat, Sue. / More Than a ‘Little Act of Kindness’? Towards a Typology of Volunteering as Unpaid Work. In: Sociology. 2017 ; Vol. 51, No. 6. pp. 1239-1256 .

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