The Politics of Volunteering

The Politics of Volunteering

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  • Electronic book text | 200 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745669573
  • 9780745669571

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-A useful book for students on all sorts of courses ... the book is written in a scholarly, informing and engaging style ... The key thing about this book is that it reminds us that volunteering is political.- Journal of Social Policy -Amid the sea of muddled thinking about civil society and social policy, Nina Eliasoph's work shines like a beacon of clarity and rigor. This honest and nuanced account of the politics of volunteering marks a landmark contribution to the field.- Michael Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos -With unerring aim, Nina Eliasoph punctures some of the most cherished myths about volunteerism. Yet, with sensitivity and compassion, she shows volunteers struggling to do good while coping with contradictions not of their own making. The result is a remarkable book that brings the concept of civil society to life in all its moral messiness.- Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine -The Politics of Volunteering is a pleasure to read. Nina Eliasoph helps us to understand how civic associations based on volunteering are different from but overlap with civic associations devoted to political activism, and how each may be led to cross the boundary between them. In clarifying the landscape of our public life she helps us to see how a deeper look at the total picture can help us to be more effective in our public engagement. This is a valuable book for students but also for the many thousands of volunteers and activists in our midst.- Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley The Politics of Volunteering represents the kind of sociological literature that is written with both academics and a larger audience in mind. Eliasoph manages to examine challenging and complex questions with admirable clarity -The Politics of Volunteering represents the kind of sociological literature that is written with both academics and a larger audience in mind. Eliasoph manages to examine challenging and complex questions with admirable clarity.- (Sosiologia 2015) "A useful book for students on all sorts of courses ... the book is written in a scholarly, informing and engaging style ... The key thing about this book is that it reminds us that volunteering is political." Journal of Social Policy "Amid the sea of muddled thinking about civil society and social policy, Nina Eliasoph's work shines like a beacon of clarity and rigor. This honest and nuanced account of the politics of volunteering marks a landmark contribution to the field." Michael Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos "With unerring aim, Nina Eliasoph punctures some of the most cherished myths about volunteerism. Yet, with sensitivity and compassion, she shows volunteers struggling to do good while coping with contradictions not of their own making. The result is a remarkable book that brings the concept of civil society to life in all its moral messiness." Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine "The Politics of Volunteering is a pleasure to read. Nina Eliasoph helps us to understand how civic associations based on volunteering are different from but overlap with civic associations devoted to political activism, and how each may be led to cross the boundary between them. In clarifying the landscape of our public life she helps us to see how a deeper look at the total picture can help us to be more effective in our public engagement. This is a valuable book for students but also for the many thousands of volunteers and activists in our midst." Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley The Politics of Volunteering represents the kind of sociological literature that is written with both academics and a larger audience in mind. Eliasoph manages to examine challenging and complex questions with admirable clarity "The Politics of Volunteering represents the kind of sociological literature that is written with both academics and a larger audience in mind. Eliasoph manages to examine challenging and complex questions with admirable clarity." (Sosiologia 2015) "A useful book for students on all sorts of courses ... the book is written in a scholarly, informing and engaging style ... The key thing about this book is that it reminds us that volunteering is political." "Journal of Social Policy" "Amid the sea of muddled thinking about civil society and social policy, Nina Eliasoph's work shines like a beacon of clarity and rigor. This honest and nuanced account of the politics of volunteering marks a landmark contribution to the field." Michael Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos "With unerring aim, Nina Eliasoph punctures some of the most cherished myths about volunteerism. Yet, with sensitivity and compassion, she shows volunteers struggling to do good while coping with contradictions not of their own making. The result is a remarkable book that brings the concept of civil society to life in all its moral messiness." Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine ""The Politics of Volunteering" is a pleasure to read. Nina Eliasoph helps us to understand how civic associations based on volunteering are different from but overlap with civic associations devoted to political activism, and how each may be led to cross the boundary between them. In clarifying the landscape of our public life she helps us to see how a deeper look at the total picture can help us to be more effective in our public engagement. This is a valuable book for students but also for the many thousands of volunteers and activists in our midst." Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley The Politics of Volunteering represents the kind of sociological literature that is written with both academics and a larger audience in mind. Eliasoph manages to examine challenging and complex questions with admirable clarity "The Politics of Volunteering represents the kind of sociological literature that is written with both academics and a larger audience in mind. Eliasoph manages to examine challenging and complex questions with admirable clarity." (Sosiologia 2015) "Amid the sea of muddled thinking about civil society and social policy, Nina Eliasoph's work shines like a beacon of clarity and rigor. This honest and nuanced account of the politics of volunteering marks a landmark contribution to the field."Michael Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos"With unerring aim, Nina Eliasoph punctures some of the most cherished myths about volunteerism. Yet, with sensitivity and compassion, she shows volunteers struggling to do good while coping with contradictions not of their own making. The result is a remarkable book that brings the concept of civil society to life in all its moral messiness."Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine""The Politics of Volunteering "is a pleasure to read. Nina Eliasoph helps us to understand how civic associations based on volunteering are different from but overlap with civic associations devoted to political activism, and how each may be led to cross the boundary between them. In clarifying the landscape of our public life she helps us to see how a deeper look at the total picture can help us to be more effective in our public engagement. This is a valuable book for students but also for the many thousands of volunteers and activists in our midst."Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeleyshow more

About Nina Eliasoph

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

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