Making them like us (Peace Corps volunteers in the 1960s)

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Autor/es
Fischer, Fritz
ISBN13
9781560986713
ISBN10
1560986719
Tipo
LIBRO
Páginas
237
Año de Edición
2000
Encuadernación
Rústica
Editorial:
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION PRESS
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When John F. Kennedy urged Americans in 1961 to ask "what you can do for your country," young idealists flocked to join the newly formed Peace Corps. Designed to help the nations of the so-called third world replicate American-style prosperity and democracy, the Peace Corps sent out volunteers to apply traditional pioneer virtues to the "new frontiers" of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Based on newly available records, Making Them Like Us explores the dissonance between the straightforward economic development envisioned by Peace Corps leaders and the complicated realities--ill-defined jobs, entrenched bureaucracies, and resentful hosts--encountered by the volunteers who served during the agency's first decade. Trained for a spartan existence, many volunteers found themselves living in well-appointed homes and even employing servants. Prepared to dig ditches or build houses, more than half served as English teachers or worked in offices. Expecting to forge egalitarian friendships, many found themselves seen as American imperialists. The author describes how most Peace Corps workers eventually became alienated from the lofty aims of their leaders, returning to the United States with a more pragmatic, nuanced perspective on how cultures interact.

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