Off the Page: Meghan Elizabeth Kallman on The Death of Idealism: Development and Anti-Politics in the Peace Corps

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The Death of Idealism confronts the consequences of this void, and makes important contributions to theories of organizations, the history of American volunteering, and the history of the Peace Corps in particular.

~Nina Eliasoph, author of Making Volunteers: Civic Life After Welfare’s End

Today’s featured tile for our American Sociological Association virtual exhibit is The Death of Idealism: Development and Anti-Politics in the Peace Corps, by Meghan Elizabeth Kallman. In this video, Kallman answers the question, “Why this book?” She discusses how organizations install social and political values in their members, and how the Peace Corps’ brand of rationalist, anti-political philosophy taught generations of idealists to view community development as their profession.


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