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Title The death of idealism : development and anti-politics in the Peace Corps / Meghan Elizabeth Kallman.
Author Kallman, Meghan Elizabeth, author.
Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color)
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- The Peace Corps and its volunteers -- The development of development : the Peace Corps and USAID -- Ethical and procedural professionalization among Peace Corps staff -- Volunteers in the field -- Home again : political, civic, and occupational consequences of volunteering -- Conclusion.
Summary "Peace Corps volunteers seem to exemplify the desire to make the world a better place. Yet despite being one of history's clearest cases of organized idealism, the Peace Corps has, in practice, ended up cultivating very different outcomes among its volunteers. By the time they return from the Peace Corps, volunteers exhibit surprising shifts in their political and professional consciousness. Rather than developing a systemic perspective on development and poverty, they tend instead to focus on individual behavior; they see professions as the only legitimate source of political and social power. They have lost their idealism, and their convictions and beliefs have been reshaped along the way. The Death of Idealism uses the case of the Peace Corps to explain why and how participation in a bureaucratic organization changes people's ideals and politics. Meghan Elizabeth Kallman offers an innovative institutional analysis of the role of idealism in development organizations. She details the combination of social forces and organizational pressures that depoliticizes Peace Corps volunteers, channels their idealism toward professionalization, and leads to cynicism or disengagement. Kallman sheds light on the structural reasons for the persistent failure of development organizations and the consequences for the people involved. Based on interviews with over 140 current and returned Peace Corps volunteers, field observations, and a large-scale survey, this deeply researched, theoretically rigorous book offers a novel perspective on how people lose their idealism, and why that matters"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 05, 2020).
Subject Peace Corps (U.S.)
Volunteers -- United States -- Attitudes.
Volunteer workers in community development -- United States.
Volunteer workers in social service -- United States.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Peace Corps (U.S.) (OCoLC)fst00536303
Idealism. (OCoLC)fst00966832
Volunteer workers in community development. (OCoLC)fst01169047
Volunteer workers in social service. (OCoLC)fst01169103
Volunteers -- Attitudes. (OCoLC)fst01169121
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Kallman, Meghan Elizabeth. The death of idealism New York : Columbia University Press, 2020. 9780231189682 (DLC) 2019044169
ISBN 9780231548465 electronic book
023154846X electronic book

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