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History of Transnational Voluntary Associations: A Critical Multidisciplinary Review

Davies, T. R. (2016). History of Transnational Voluntary Associations: A Critical Multidisciplinary Review. Voluntaristics Review, 1(4), pp. 1-55. doi: 10.1163/24054933-12340012


This review explores the history of transnational voluntary associations, commencing with general patterns before proceeding to cover the history of different sectors in turn, including humanitarianism, science, education, environment, feminism, race, health, human rights, labour, business, standards, professions, culture, peace, religion, and youth. Coverage extends from the late eighteenth century through to the early twenty-first century and spans histories of particular organizations and of particular campaigns in addition to the evolution of broader transnational social movements. Contrasting perspectives on historical evolution are considered, including both linear and cyclical interpretations. The factors underpinning historical changes are explored, including economic, environmental, political, scientific and social developments. Insights are drawn not only from a transnational historical perspective, but also the many other disciplines that shed light on the subject, such as world sociology. The review also incorporates perspectives from international relations, development studies, peace studies, voluntary sector studies, and women’s studies. It argues that the historical evolution of transnational voluntary associations is longer, less Western in origin and more cyclical than traditionally assumed.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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