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An exploration of the interface between community activism, work and family

Roberts, Lisa (2010) An exploration of the interface between community activism, work and family. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the interface between community activism, work and family. Specifically it aimed to explore how people combine study work with community activism and family, and examine the similarities and differences between study work and paid work in terms of managing community activism, work and family. Four people in study work and two people in full-time employment who also had community activism and family commitments were interviewed about their experiences of coping with community activism, work and family. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. Four major themes were identified. These included: support, work flexibility, values and volunteering flexibility. Findings suggest that the coping strategies used to manage work and family are the same used to cope with community activism regardless of whether in paid work or study. This exploratory qualitative study offers a novel account of peoples’ experiences of coping with community activism, work and family. Findings are discussed in relation to the literature and suggestions for further study are provided.

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