Beyond Choice : 'Thick' Volunteering and the case of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. / O'Toole, Michelle; Grey, Christopher.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 69, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 85-109.

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Beyond Choice : 'Thick' Volunteering and the case of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. / O'Toole, Michelle; Grey, Christopher.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 69, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 85-109.

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O'Toole, Michelle ; Grey, Christopher. / Beyond Choice : 'Thick' Volunteering and the case of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. In: Human Relations. 2016 ; Vol. 69, No. 1. pp. 85-109.

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