New Book: Voluntarism, Community Life and the American Ethic

Posted on July 30, 2004

[posted from Comm-Org listserv]

From: Robert Ogilvie

At the risk of immodesty, I would like to inform you all about the publication of my new book – Voluntarism, Community Life and the American Ethic.

It has been published by Indiana University Press.

Here is the cover blurb.

Why do people volunteer, and what motivates them to stick with it? How do local organizations create community? How does voluntary participation foster moral development in volunteers to create a better citizenry? In this fascinating study of volunteers at the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City, Robert S. Ogilvie provides bold and engaging answers to these questions. He describes how volunteer programs such as the Partnership generate ethical development in and among participants and how the Partnership’s volunteers have made it such a continued success since the early 1980s. Ogilvie’s examination of voluntarism suggests that the American ethic is essential for sustaining community life and to the future well-being of a democratic society.

Here is the web link to Indiana University Press.



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