13 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 4 (1984)

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                           EDITOR'S   COMMENTS


This issue of JVAR presents  four quite different articles, each of which
provides a refreshing perspective  on important problems in voluntary action
research.

In their lead article, Patricia Klobus  Edwards, John Edwards, and Ann DeWitt
Watts return to the pages  of this Journal with a detailed examination of
Women, Work, and Social Participation.   They document the extent to which
differences between the sexes are  becoming muted in relation to voluntary
participation.  Their careful analysis  documents an important reality about
modern voluntary action, and  should inspire much continuing research along
the lines they pioneer in  this article.

The second paper also emerges  from the talents of the Virginia Tech faculty.
In Urban Community Partnerships:   Symbols that Succeed and Strategies That
Fail, Beverly Yanich performs a  detailed case study of an urban coalition
experience in Wilmington, Delaware.  Her  conclusion that this partnership
experience, like so many of  those that have become fashionable in the age of
Reagan, was essentially a conservative and  stabilizing one, is both important
and worth pondering in its historical  context.

Phillip Koldewyn, in Voluntary Associations  in Neuquen, Argentina, provides
another case study, this time  of a regional capital 1100 miles from Buenos
Aires.  His careful analysis provides both useful data and perspective  to the
comparative study of voluntary associations.  The vitality of the voluntary
sector in Neuquen will surely pique  the interests of many readers in comparing
with communities closer to home.

Finally, Karla Henderson in Volunteerism as Leisure seeks to define a
perspective on contemporary volunteering  that harmonizes with some economic
realities of our post-modern age.  Henderson's article should inspire  readers
to rethink that relation between voluntary action, work, and leisure.

The next two JVAR issues will also  feature contributed papers. Readers are
reminded to consider submitting papers  for the previously announced special
issues on self-help, environmental action, and board-staff relations.  These
issues are proceeding toward publication at or near  the dates previously
announced.

Meanwhile, submissions continue  to arrive at a gratifying pace, but not one
that prevents the careful and  individual attention to submissions that has
long been a JVAR trademark.  Readers are once again exhorted to share  their
work with this journal.


Jon Van Til
Editor

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