Department of Sociology, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164-4020; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeownership and Volunteering: An Alternative Approach to Studying Social Inequality and Civic Engagement1
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
© 2010 Eastern Sociological Society
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 570–587, September 2010
How to Cite
Rotolo, T., Wilson, J. and Hughes, M. E. (2010), Homeownership and Volunteering: An Alternative Approach to Studying Social Inequality and Civic Engagement. Sociological Forum, 25: 570–587. doi: 10.1111/j.1573-7861.2010.01196.x
We acknowledge the assistance provided by Mark Wilhelm with access to and interpretation of the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study data on volunteering and charitable giving. Generous grants from Atlantic Philanthropies and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation make the collection of the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study possible.
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
- civic engagement;
- social class;
- social inequality;
Previous research on volunteering finds significant differences by race and social class. We augment these findings by examining a largely ignored measure of social class: tenure status, the distinction between renters and homeowners. We test a theory that predicts people volunteer more if they have a “stake” in their community and we use the value of their home as a measure of the size of this stake, with renters having no stake at all, using data from the 2003 Panel Study of Income Dynamics. We find that although homeowners volunteer more than renters, the value of their home has no influence on their volunteer work. Length of residence in the neighborhood has a positive effect on volunteerism. Tenure status partially mediates the influence of race and family income on volunteering but not education.