Acts of Compassion: Caring for Others and Helping Ourselves / Edition 1

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Overview

Robert Wuthnow finds that those who are most involved in acts of compassion are no less individualistic than anyone else--and that those who are the most intensely individualistic are no less involved in caring for others.

"Vigorously argued, beautifully written, drawing intelligently on evidence from surveys and from some extraordinary interviews, Acts of Compassion sheds a great deal of light on a central area of American life, namely volunteerism and charity. This is a book for the serious scholar and the concerned layperson alike."--Robert N. Bellah, author of Habits of the Heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Christianity Today - James A. Mathisen
Wuthnow's writing is renowned within sociological discourse for being lucid, jargon-free, and insightful—all characteristics of this newest work. . . . [Wuthnow] has made a provocative and stimulating case.
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"Wuthnow's writing is renowned within sociological discourse for being lucid, jargon-free, and insightful--all characteristics of this newest work. . . . [Wuthnow] has made a provocative and stimulating case."--James A. Mathisen, Christianity Today
Christianity Today
Wuthnow's writing is renowned within sociological discourse for being lucid, jargon-free, and insightful—all characteristics of this newest work. . . . [Wuthnow] has made a provocative and stimulating case.
— James A. Mathisen
Library Journal
At least since de Tocqueville noted the importance of voluntary associations in the last century, compassion and voluntarism have been considered to be important parts of the U.S. culture. But so have individualism and the values of the ``me generation.'' Wuthnow, a professor of sociology at Princeton, combines survey research and case studies in this careful analysis of compassion and individualism. Despite using a national sample of 2110 adults, the author does not present a particularly sophisticated statistical analysis of the data. The book is very heavily anecdotal and not particularly theoretical, but it will be of special interest to both professionals and amateurs who are active in voluntary associations and community work. For larger public and academic libraries.-- John Broderick, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691024936
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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