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Anuario de investigaciones

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PICCINI, Paulina  and  ROBERTAZZI, Margarita. The practice of volunteering: experiences in precarious contexts. Anu. investig. [online]. 2009, vol.16, pp.267-276. ISSN 1851-1686.

The general outline is presented , with its theoretical and methodological basis, as well as the first results of a Scolarship Plan for Master´s degree , " A pycho-social approach of the relationship among different actors in precarious contexts". The research is carried out in a settlement located in the south area of Buenos Aires City. The protagonists are a group of volunteers, the neighbourhood inhabitants and a group of social psychologists, recently incorporated . The general aims are to explore the practices performed by the agents and to identify the type of relation already established between the volunteering members and the community. The methodology and the main techniques (individual and collective interviews and active observation ) are cualitative. This first approach focuses on the group of volunteers in order to elaborate some results and, from the theoretical point of view, paying especial attention to its different dimensions, giving it a context and asking about its definition.

Keywords : Volunteering; Precarious situation; Communal psychology.

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