12 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 3 (1983)

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                           EDITOR'S   COMMENTS



The articles presented in this issue form a splendid panoply of  the best in
voluntary action research.  Writing from a variety of disciplines and method-
ologies, our authors this issue enlighten a range of important questions.   And
they do it with style, grace, and a full measure of the scholar's  inventiveness.

Jack C. Ross returns to these pages for the sixth time with his paper  on
Differentiation of Gilds and Fraternities in Medieval Europe.  Only
David Horton Smith has published more often in these pages then Prof.  Ross,
who brings his unique multi-disciplinary approach to the present  study.

The next two papers deal with the  thorny issue of why, indeed, people do
volunteer.  Benjamin Gidron, whose previous work on the topic is  standard in
the literature, reviews some new data regarding Sources and Job Satisfaction
Among Service Volunteers.  His work is followed by the detailed review  of
studies of one particular volunteer motivation, altruism, in the paper
Personality Characteristics of Community Mental Health Volunteers, by
Natalie J. Allen and J. Philippe  Rushton.

The lone U.S. - based researcher to contribute to this issue, Fred Fisher,
concludes the issue with a paper that I feel sure will be passed hand-to-hand
along many networks.  Resource Exchange Networking:  Metaphorical Inventions
in Response to Differentiated Human Needs in a Collectivist-Oriented Society
demonstrates the interest of this Journal in research that springs directly
from applied interests in voluntarism.  It completes the presentation  of four
gems of voluntary action research in this issue.

Readers will also be pleased to learn that two recent special issues of JVAR
are now available, each expanded somewhat, in book form.  Both books  are
published by University Press of America, whose address is P.O. Box  19101,
Washington, DC 20036.

Volume 9 has been transformed into INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON VOLUNTARY
ACTION RESEARCH, co-edited by the ever-productive and forementioned
Prof. Smith and yours truly, with the collaboration of Dan Bernfeld,
Victor Pestoff, and David Zeldin.  Special funding from the International
Voluntary Action and Voluntary Association Research Organization  (IVAR) and
Rutgers University facilitated the publication of this volume.

Volume 10 (Number 1) now takes the form of VOLUNTEERISM IN THE EIGHTIES:
FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES IN VOLUNTARY ACTION, edited by John D. Harman.  Special
funding from Joint Action in Community Service, Inc., permitted the develop-
ment of that volume.

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