Voluntarism, Community Life, and the American Ethic

Voluntarism, Community Life, and the American Ethic

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by Robert S. Ogilvie
     
 

"This is a major contribution to the literature on social participation and voluntary action. It is the first systematic ethnographic study I know that treats volunteers and the institutions they create." —John Van Til, author of Growing Civil Society

"Students and faculty interested in the issue of homelessness will find the book instructive... Recommended

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"This is a major contribution to the literature on social participation and voluntary action. It is the first systematic ethnographic study I know that treats volunteers and the institutions they create." —John Van Til, author of Growing Civil Society

"Students and faculty interested in the issue of homelessness will find the book instructive... Recommended." —Choice

Why do people volunteer, and what motivates them to stick with it? How do local organizations create community? How does voluntary participation foster moral development in volunteers to create a better citizenry? In this fascinating study of volunteers at the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City, Robert S. Ogilvie provides bold and engaging answers to these questions. He describes how volunteer programs such as the Partnership generate ethical development in and among participants and how the Partnership’s volunteers have made it such a continued success since the early 1980s. Ogilvie’s examination of voluntarism suggests that the American ethic is essential for sustaining community life and to the future well-being of a democratic society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253344236
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.01(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Voluntarism and the American Ethic
1. The Partnership for the Homeless: The Tradition of Churches Helping the Homeless in New York
2. In the Church Shelters
3. Why People Volunteer in Church Shelters and Why They Keep at It
4. The Mediating Role of the Church Shelters
5. The Moral Effects of the Volunteer Experience
6. The Church Shelters as Community-Generating Institutions
7. Social Architecture: The Art of Building Community-Generating Institutions
Conclusion
Appendix: Research Methods
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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