But Most Will Never Better Themselves

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:
But Most Will Never Better Themselves

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This chapter discusses problems associated with the style of social work inquiry used by the Charity Organization Society. It suggests that the COS' approach to poverty ruled out constructive social work and argues that their work was made less effective by their focus on mistrust, checking, and verification. In addition, the organization's focus on dependency and falsehood also made people lie and most conversations were guarded and staged rather than honest and open.

Keywords: style of inquiry; social work; Charity Organization Society; poverty; dependency; falsehood; mistrust; verification

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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