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Från idé till handling: en sociologisk studie av frivilliga organisationers uppkomst och fallstudier av Noaks Ark, 5i12-rörelsen, Farsor och morsor på stan
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
1999 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The origin of voluntary organizations has not been studied much in sociology. This study develops a three-phase model of a voluntary organization origin and three case studies are conducted to try out the model. The aim of the study is to describe and analyze the birth of a voluntary organization and its development. The empiric material has been gathered in three voluntary organizations from the mid-80'ies. The organizations are Noaks Ark (working with HIV), 5i12-rörelsen (working with refugees) and Farsor och Morsor på Stan (working with teenagers in Stockholm city). All three organizations still exist. The empiric material has been collected though interviews and other written materials.

The theoretical model is divided into three phases, the preorigin phase, the phase of origin and the maturity phase. Each phase has its special character and there is no automatic transference to the next phase. In the first phase - the preorigin phase - the key notion is the entrepreneur or the agitator. The entrepreneur or the agitator sees a problem in society. Often this is coupled with a personal experience of the problem and a desire to do something about it. They gather more knowledge in the area, meet other people and develop an idea of how to solve the problem. In the phase of origin the key notion is the organizer. The leader has to have knowledge of organizing; how to organize people and how to mobilize resources. The organizers are often charismatic and use their charisma to gather people around their idea. In the maturity phase all the distinctive marks of a voluntary organizations can be seen. The key notion is the members' need for security and continuity. The members can also develop a personal need for the organization. The dependence on the founder or the leader decreases in significance, and bureaucracy is developed. Forces outside and inside the organization influence the voluntary organization and it is shaped by its history and surrounding. It is argued that the emergence of a voluntary organization is dependent on three things that has to coincide, discontent and an idea how to relieve it, resources and an organizer.

The empiric findings support the three-phase model. In theory the phases are distinctive but in the case studies the phases could overlap.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International , 1999. , 185 p.
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 8
Keyword [en]
Voluntary organization, social movement, origin, emergence, resource mobilization, life-cycle, organizer, leadership, entrepreneur, agitator, grievance, discontent
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63758ISBN: 91-22-01828-XOAI: diva2:452226
Public defence
1999-04-16, 13:00
Available from: 2011-10-28 Created: 2011-10-28 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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