Wise Discrimination

in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226653631
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226653662 | DOI:
Wise Discrimination

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This chapter discusses the importance of the so-called wise discrimination in social workers' evaluation of welfare applicants in Melbourne. It highlights the success of the Charity Organization Society (COS) in becoming a sort of a detective agency through the focus of its inquiry into the moral character of the poor. This chapter suggests that during the 1920s and 1930s, inquiry officers could not afford to be benevolent carers and to be too trusting. It also discusses the conflict between Stanley Greig Smith and the Victorian Association of Ladies' Benevolent Societies (LBS).

Keywords: wise discrimination; social workers; welfare applicants; Charity Organization Society; moral character; poor; Stanley Greig Smith; LBS

Chapter.  2523 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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