The Moral Equivalent of War?

The Moral Equivalent of War? : A Study of Non-Military Service in Nine Nations

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This important and timely book studies the non-military national service programs in nine countries: Canada, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, the United States, and West Germany. The efforts of five contributing authors and the support of many individuals and organizations all over the world have gone into this volume, providing a valuable reference in comparing national service programs. It also explores the multiple outcomes of national service programs on many levels--social, economic, and individual. Although countries far less affluent than the United States have found it worthwhile to invest in national service, the book shows that the functional success of such a program depends on the balance of benefit and cost. The book focuses on various forms of compensation to participating individuals, (e.g., wage, room and board, credit toward college education), as well as the possibility that such compensation conflicts with the idea of service and instead becomes a source of employment. Now, when the idea of national service is gaining support in the United States, these and other issues addressed in the book are especially critical.

Also included are chapters on policy and program characteristics and understanding non-military service in different nations. A final chapter examines the development of a national service policy in the United States. The lessons to be learned from this book are numerous in their applications to both the social sciences and public policy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 14.22mm | 517.1g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0313257566
  • 9780313257568

Table of contents

Foreword Preface Introduction by Michael Sherraden and Donald Eberly Canada: Katimavik and Cultural Integration by Michael Sherraden and Donald Eberly China: Youth Service During Economic Reform and the Opening to the West by Michael Sherraden and Donald Eberly Costa Rica: Non-Military Service in a Nation with No Army by Michael Sherraden and Carmen Maria Castillo Indonesia: Connecting the University with the Countryside by Donald Eberly Israel: Non-Military Service Amidst Continuing Conflict by Michael Sherraden and Reuven Gal Mexico: Social Service by University Students by Margaret Sherrard Sherraden and Michael Sherraden Nigeria: Nation Building through the National Youth Service Corps by Augustine Ikein United States: Several Noteworthy Programs by Donald Eberly and Michael Sherraden West Germany: The Right Not to Bear Arms by Jurgen Kuhlmann A Note on Policy and Program Characteristics by Michael Sherraden and Donald Eberly Comparing and Understanding Non-Military Service in Different Nations by Michael Sherraden, Margaret Sherrard Sherraden, and Donald Eberly Thoughts on Policy Development in the United States by Donald Eberly and Michael Sherraden Appendix: Study Notes Index
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"Eberly and Sherraden's thoughtful examination of non-military service in other nations sheds important new light on the current debate in the United States, revealing both possibilities and potential pitfalls to guide the development of a uniquely American approach to national service in the 1990s and beyond."- Marian Wright Edelman, President Children's Defense Fund "At a time when new attention is being focused on national service, it is important to base policy development on the best existing knowledge. Eberly and Sharraden have performed a valuable service in collecting experience on non-military service in nine nations; it will be an essential document for developing our own ideas of what we should do here in the United States."- Donald Kennedy, President Stanford University "This is a thoughtful comparative study of national youth service programs. The book is rich with information and lessons for the course of national service in the United States."-Bill Bradley U. S. Senator "I used to think that the G. I. Bill for veterans of World War II was the greatest bill ever passed in the Congress. Now I think that right there with it is the bill creating the Peace Corps. This book retells the story of the Peace Corps and other programs of nonmilitary service in countries such as Nigeria, China, West Germany, Israel, and Mexico. Read it with great inspiration."- Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh President Emeritus University of Notre Dame
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About Donald J. Eberly

DONALD EBERLY is Executive Director of the National Service Secretariat in Washington, D.C. He is the author of National Service: A Promise to Keep.

MICHAEL SHERRADEN is Associate Professor of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. He and Mr. Eberly have edited National Service: Social, Economic, and Military Impacts.
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