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Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Mark Peel

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226653631
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226653662 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226653662.001.0001
Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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Social workers produced thousands of case files about the poor during the interwar years. Analyzing almost two thousand such case files and traveling from Boston, Minneapolis, and Portland to London and Melbourne, this book examines how these stories of poverty were narrated and reshaped by ethnic diversity, economic crisis, and war. Probing the similarities and differences in the ways Americans, Australians, and Britons understood and responded to poverty, the book draws a picture of social work that is based in the sometimes fraught encounters between the poor and their interpreters. It uses dramatization to bring these encounters to life—joining Miss Cutler and that resurrected horse are Miss Lindstrom and the fried potatoes and Mr. O'Neil and the seductive client—and to give these people a voice. The book is a study of charity, social work, and poverty.

Keywords: interwar; case files; Boston; Minneapolis; Portland; London; Melbourne; ethnic diversity; economic crisis; war

Book.  328 pages. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Introduction in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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Service, Sympathy, and Efficiency in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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Mr. Smith and the Importance of Modern Casework in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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Wise Discrimination in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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Lady Detectives in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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There Are Those Who Feel Their Position in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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But Most Will Never Better Themselves in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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A Growing Sense of Justice in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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The Citizens' Welfare in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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The Man with the Repulsive Face in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

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