This comprehensive collection of the latest research and policy developments in civic service worldwide provides an informed assessment of what works and what doesn't work in the field. With contributions from some of the discipline's best-known global leaders, it presents a conceptualization and operational definition of civic service that allows for variations across nations and cultures. "Civic Service Worldwide" offers a perspective on the history and potential for civic service from its roots in military service. It summarizes the effects of national service in diverse countries, and identifies important developments in service, including service across the lifespan and transnational service. The editors and contributors also address key questions and promising theoretical and methodological approaches for advancing knowledge in the field.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Civic Service Analysis Has Come of Age, Amitai Etzioni; Preface and Acknowledgements; Part I. Context; 1. Building Knowledge on Civic Service Worldwide, Amanda Moore McBride and Michael Sherraden, with Margaret Lombe and Fengyan Tang; 2. From Military Service to Civic Service: The Evolution of National Youth Service, Donald J. Eberly and Reuven Gal; Part II. National Service: Policy, Potential, and Effects; 3. The Effects of National Service in Africa, with a Focus on Nigeria, Ebenezer Obadare; 4. Toward Universal National Youth Service in Israel: Possible Social Capital Effects, Nicole Fleischer and Reuven Gal; 5. The Effects of National Service in the United States: A Research Synthesis, James Perry and Ann Marie Thomson; Part III. Civic Service Across the Life Course; 6. Civic Service Among Youth in Chile, Denmark, England, and the United States: A Psychological Perspective, Judith Torney-Purta, Jo-Ann Amadeo, and Wendy Klandl Richardson; 7. The Potential Effects of Service-learning and Community Service in Educational Settings in Latin America, Maria Nieves Tapia; 8. Youth Service and Elder Service in Comparative Perspective, Nancy Morrow-Howell and Fengyan Tang; Part IV. Civic Service Across Borders; 9. International Civic Service: A Step Toward Cooperation in a Global World, Margaret Sherrard Sherraden; 10. Social Psychological Theory and the Potential for Intergroup and Ethnonational Cooperation in Civic Service Programs, Ronald Pitner; Part V. Impacts and Inquiry; 11. Civic Service Across Nations and Cultures: The Range of Effects and Ways to Study Them, Justin Davis Smith and Angela Ellis; 12. Directions in Civic Service Scholarship: An Institutional Perspective, Amanda Moore McBride and Michael Sherraden, with Natasha Menon About the Editors and Contributors; * Index.