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The Politics of Volunteering.

By: Eliasoph, Nina.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.PPSS - Polity Political Sociology series: Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2013Description: 1 online resource (305 p.).ISBN: 9780745669564.Subject(s): VoluntarismGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Politics of VolunteeringDDC classification: 302.14 | 302/.14 LOC classification: HN49.V64 E45 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; HalfTitle; TitlePage; Copyright; Content; Introduction: What Are Civic Associations?; 1: Why Do Theorists Say Associations Are Crucial for Democracy?; 2: Volunteering and Political Activism; 3: Civic Association, the Market, and Government: How Do Different Societies Balance Them Differently?; 4: Neo-Liberalism and Grassroots Organizations; 5: What Happens to Civic Participation in Conditions of Vast Social Inequality?; 6: Opening Up Civic Participation; Conclusion: Is Democracy in Our Future?; References; Index
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 organizat
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Cover; HalfTitle; TitlePage; Copyright; Content; Introduction: What Are Civic Associations?; 1: Why Do Theorists Say Associations Are Crucial for Democracy?; 2: Volunteering and Political Activism; 3: Civic Association, the Market, and Government: How Do Different Societies Balance Them Differently?; 4: Neo-Liberalism and Grassroots Organizations; 5: What Happens to Civic Participation in Conditions of Vast Social Inequality?; 6: Opening Up Civic Participation; Conclusion: Is Democracy in Our Future?; References; Index

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 organizat

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CHOICE Review

Sociologist Eliasoph (Univ. of Southern California) discusses the nature of civic associations or non-paid citizen involvement in the management of society from a philosophical perspective. She differentiates between organizations or groups that focus on providing goods and services to address the impact of social problems, and those that seek to change the environment to reduce or remove the underlying problem. Her discussion considers political, economic, and contextual factors. The first chapters are a critical analysis of issues such as volunteering and democracy, political activism, the interplay between social institutions, neoliberalism, and social inequality. Eliasoph then reviews some contemporary programs and concludes with an assessment of the impact of civic associations on democracy in the future. The author writes clearly. There is a substantial list of references, and the book is adequately indexed. Summing Up: Recommended. Libraries serving departments of political science, sociology, or social work. R. T. Sigler emeritus, University of Alabama

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

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