‘How you keep going’: Voluntary sector practitioners’ story-lines as emotion work
AffiliationUniversity of Toronto; University of Nottingham; University of Chester
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AbstractThe voluntary sector acts as the last line of defense for some of the most marginalized people in societies around the world, yet its capacities are significantly reduced by chronic resource shortages and dynamic political obstacles. Existing research has scarcely examined what it is like for voluntary sector practitioners working amidst these conditions. In this paper, we explore how penal voluntary sector practitioners across England and Scotland marshaled their personal and professional resources to “keep going” amidst significant challenges. Our analysis combines symbolic interactionism with the concept of story- lines. We illuminate the narratives that practitioners mobilized to understand and motivate their efforts amidst the significant barriers, chronic limitations, and difficult emotions brought forth by their work. We position practitioners' story- lines as a form of emotion work that mitigated their experiences of anger, frustration, overwhelm, sadness, and disappointment, enabling them to move forward and continue to support criminalized individuals. Our analysis details three story- lines— resignation, strategy, and refuge—and examines their consequences for practitioners and their capacities to intervene in wicked social problems.
CitationQuinn, K., Tomczak, P., & Buck, G. (2022). “How you keep going”: Voluntary sector practitioners' story-lines as emotion work. The British Journal of Sociology, 73(2), 370-386. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12914
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
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