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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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Celebrating … Empowerment Projects!

Celebrating … Empowerment Projects!

(p.206) Chapter 12 Celebrating … Empowerment Projects!
Making Volunteers

Nina Eliasoph

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes the bewildering, over-stimulating form of empowerment projects' public events. In roughly similar words, all flyers for these events invite people to “celebrate our diverse, multicultural community.” Organizers would not specify what the celebrations were about, intentionally leaving it “open and undefined.” Nonetheless, anyone who attends a few of these events will know exactly what to expect: a jumble of nonprofit, activist, and government programs, making the celebration of “our multicultural community” seem like a public service announcement offering instruction in how to avoid the heartbreaks that disproportionately touch the poor and the ill. “Our diverse, multicultural community” thus becomes, in everyday usage, a way of avoiding a conversation about poverty, and simultaneously, of celebrating empowerment projects.

Keywords:   empowerment projects, public events, multicultural community, poverty, celebrating diversity

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