Volunteerism and Social Entrepreneurship Among Older In-migrants to Rural Areas

Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 7)


We examine level of volunteerism among older in-migrants versus longer-term older residents in rural amenity destinations in the Continental US and Hawaii. We also use case study evidence to investigate social entrepreneurship among older in-migrants to rural amenity destinations. Our findings show that older in-migrants participate in voluntary activity approximately equally to longer-term older residents. Further, older in-migrants frequently engage in social entrepreneurship by starting new organizations or re-shaping already existing organizations and institutions in rural destination communities. Older in-migrants’ high level of participation is facilitated by their relatively high socioeconomic status.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Development SociologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Center on the FamilyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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