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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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Paid Organizers Creating Temporally Finite, Intimate, Family-like Attachments

Paid Organizers Creating Temporally Finite, Intimate, Family-like Attachments

(p.146) Chapter 7 Paid Organizers Creating Temporally Finite, Intimate, Family-like Attachments
Making Volunteers

Nina Eliasoph

Princeton University Press

This chapter shows how some of the paid organizers became intimate with some of their program's members. It argues that organizers do want to become family-like with all of their program participants. However, they are not expecting to share a lifetime with them, and their intimacy is merely put on display for public judgment. In short, however intense their intimacy was at the moment, it was supposed to be temporally finite, because they were not “family.” Nevertheless, the chapter shows that some full-time, long-term paid organizers have managed to become “like family” to their youth program participants. In such circumstances, puzzles of loyalty—yet another set of temporal puzzles—would ensue.

Keywords:   family-like attachments, paid organizers, intimacy, family, youth program participants, loyalty

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