Definition of Voluntary Organization
(noun) An organization that an individual joins in order to pursue interests that are shared by themselves and others.
Voluntary Organization Pronunciation
Syllabification: vol·un·tar·y or·gan·i·za·tion
- American English – /vAHl-uhn-tair-ee orguh-nuh-zAY-shuhn/
- British English – /vOl-uhn-tuh-ree awguh-nie-zAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈvɑləntɛri ˌɔrgənəˈzeɪʃən/
- British English – /ˈvɒləntəri ˌɔːgənaɪˈzeɪʃən/
- Plural: voluntary organizations
- Also called normative organization.
- Word origin of “voluntary” and “organization” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- clear division of labor
- coercive organization
- explicit rules
- formal organization
- total institution
- utilitarian organization
- Weber, Max
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “voluntary organization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 4, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
voluntary organization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“voluntary organization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 4 Oct. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/voluntary-organization/>.