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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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Publicly Questioning Need: Food, Safety, and Comfort

Publicly Questioning Need: Food, Safety, and Comfort

(p.152) Chapter 8 Publicly Questioning Need: Food, Safety, and Comfort
Making Volunteers

Nina Eliasoph

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the desires that organizers are at pains to avoid referring to as “needs”: food, safety, and comfort. Part of an organizer's job is to make participants question their feelings, and to treat all desires as “choices.” Empowerment Projects invite participants to draw on deep, intimately comfortable feelings, but also to challenge these feelings, and never take anything for granted. The projects put participants' feelings on display, where organizers can, without offending any of the program's multiple audiences, say that their participants do not have any unmet “needs” or any bad habits and desires, or even explain why participants had any unmet needs or bad habits or desires in the first place.

Keywords:   needs, food, safety, comfort, desires, unmet needs, bad habits

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