9780745650036

The Politics of Volunteering

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745650036

  • ISBN10:

    0745650031

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/13/2013
  • Publisher: Polity Pr
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Summary

Many of us may have participated in grassroots groups, changing the world in small and big ways, from building playgrounds and feeding the homeless, to protesting wars and ending legal segregation. Beyond the obvious fruits of these activities, what are the broader consequences of volunteering for the participants, recipients of aid, and society as a whole? In this engaging new book, Nina Eliasoph encourages readers to reflect on their own experiences in civic associations as an entry point into bigger sociological, political, and philosophical issues, such as class inequality, how organizations work, differences in political systems around the globe, and the sources of moral selfhood. Claims about volunteering tend to be astronomical: it will create democracy, make you a better person, eliminate poverty, protect local cultures, and even lower cholesterol. Eliasoph cuts through these assertions by drawing on empirical studies, key data, real-life case studies, and a range of theoretical analyses. In doing so, the book provides students of sociology, political science, and communications studies with a framework for evaluating the role of civic associations in social and political life, as well as in their own lives as active citizens.

Author Biography

Nina Eliasoph is associate professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. Her previous books include Making Volunteers and Avoiding Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Are Civic Associations?
Chapter 1: Why Do Theorists Say Associations Are Crucial for Democracy?
Chapter 2: Volunteering and Political Activism
Chapter 3: Civic Association, the Market and Government: How Do Different Societies Balance Them Differently?
Chapter 4: Neoliberalism and Grassroots Organizations
Chapter 5: What Happens to Civic Participation in Conditions of Vast Social Inequality?
Chapter 6: Opening Up Civic Participation
Conclusion: Is Democracy in Our Future?
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