Skip to main content

Contributive injustice and unequal division of labour in the voluntary sector

Sanghera, Balihar (2018) Contributive injustice and unequal division of labour in the voluntary sector. Sociological Research Online, 23 (2). pp. 308-327. ISSN 1360-7804. (doi:10.1177/1360780418754905)

PDF - Author's Accepted Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication Download (227kB)
PDF - Publisher pdf

Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Download (413kB) Preview
Official URL


This article examines how the unequal division of unpaid labour within voluntary organisations can produce contributive injustice. Contributive injustice occurs when people are denied the opportunity to have meaningful work and the recognition associated with it. The unequal social division of labour affects people’s opportunities to access complex and routine tasks, shaping their capacity to develop their own abilities, respect and self-esteem, and hence the meaningfulness of their work. The study uses the moral economy of labour perspective to understand and evaluate how the unequal division of labour can shape people’s capabilities and well-being. While the article is sympathetic to Eliasoph’s symbolic interactionist approach to volunteering, which seeks to focus on the quality of civic engagement and public dialogue, it reveals this framework to have some shortcomings. This empirical study is based upon an analysis of 41 participants’ volunteering activities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1360780418754905
Uncontrolled keywords: contributive injustice, division of labour, volunteering, moral economy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Balihar Sanghera
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 12:57 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 13:23 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sanghera, Balihar:
  • Depositors only (login required):


Downloads per month over past year