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ERIC Number: ED070998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 24
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The Socialization and Politicization of VISTA Volunteers: Sex and Generational Differences.
Gottlieb, David
This paper identifies certain methodological shortcomings that seem to be inherent in much of the comparative generational research and also presents the results of a generational differences study in which these methodological deficiencies have been minimized. People of different ages who had served as VISTA volunteers were asked the same questions during the same period of time. Relationship between the VISTA experience and select social and political attitudes was determined. Analysis of the data show generally greater disenchantment and alienation of the younger volunteer. More specifically, when a comparison is made between those under and over age 30, issues that revolve around the integrity, morality, intent, and procedures of our government and social institutions point up significant generational differences. These differences are interpreted in several ways: (1) the younger volunteers' pre-disposition toward alienation; (2) the youths' relative lack of experience as individuals working within a bureaucratic system; and (3) the fact that the older volunteers have been integral parts of the very same social institutions which the young attack. (Author/SES)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 28-31, 1972