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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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Temporal Leapfrog: Puzzles of Timing

Temporal Leapfrog: Puzzles of Timing

(p.55) Chapter 4 Temporal Leapfrog: Puzzles of Timing
Making Volunteers

Nina Eliasoph

Princeton University Press

This chapter portrays the Community House's possibly mismatched time lines, and shows how participants align them by focusing on future potential. Sometimes this temporal leapfrog works, but sometimes this focus on future potential comes at the expense of any focus on the past or present. The chapter indicates other temporal disconnections as well, as illustrated in how organizers try to “build community” by “drawing on community,” “build leadership by drawing on leadership,” by treating “the community,” “leadership,” “good choices,” and other potentials “simultaneously as diagnosis and cure.” This chapter shows how even with these mismatched time frames, people still manage to coordinate everyday action.

Keywords:   future potential, temporal leapfrog, timing, temporal disconnections, mismatched time frames, volunteer coordination

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