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Making VolunteersCivic Life after Welfare's End$
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Nina Eliasoph

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147093

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147093.001.0001

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Participating under Unequal Auspices

Participating under Unequal Auspices

(p.17) Chapter 2 Participating under Unequal Auspices
Making Volunteers

Nina Eliasoph

Princeton University Press

This chapter shows what happens when two different sets of youth volunteers are supposed to meet as equals in the civic engagement projects. Disadvantaged youth often overhear the public speeches about them, documenting their programs' effectiveness in preventing crime, drug abuse, and pregnancy. So it makes sense when they speak of themselves as outcomes and variables; they understand that they themselves are considered the main problem to solve. Non-disadvantaged youth assume, in contrast, that they are supposed to solve the problems of distant others. The two sets of volunteers cannot talk about this inequality together, but they have to know about it in order to make sense of action in the programs.

Keywords:   youth volunteers, civic engagement projects, disadvantaged youth, non-disadvantaged youth, inequality, distant others

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