Managing Volunteers: Constructing the Identity of Shop Managers in Charity Retailing

Ling, Yujia (2016) Managing Volunteers: Constructing the Identity of Shop Managers in Charity Retailing. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

This dissertation examines how identities construction of charity shop managers are accomplished through social discourse. It is based on a study of a paid charity shop manager and volunteers in a local charity retail shop in the UK - a specialized shop within a national charitable organization. It contributes empirically and theoretically to the literature of manager-volunteer communication. Drawing on techniques of discourse analysis, the dissertation presents detailed interpretation of a rich database. In this process, by examining the dynamics of manager-volunteer interaction the identity of the charity shop manager is socially constituted, negotiated, shaped and reshaped. In addition to primary data, based on a number of publications, a discourse among a charity shop manager and volunteers is conceptualized as a discourse of instruction, a discourse of training and a discourse of social talk. Three types of discourse provide contexts where power and politeness are played out by charity shop managers and volunteers. Understanding how the dynamics of their interaction progress, it is better to tackle a common issue of volunteer shortage in the charity retailing sector.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: Identity construction, Discourse Analysis, Volunteer Management, Charity Retailing Sector
Depositing User: Ling, Yujia
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 13:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2017 06:08
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/36817

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