An Insecurity of Terrifying Proportions

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:
An Insecurity of Terrifying Proportions

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This chapter discusses the challenges faced by the social workers of the Family Welfare Association (FWA) of Minneapolis in the 1930s. It explains that the caseloads of the FWA during this period increased significantly, reaching more than nine thousand cases in 1933. There was also a greater degree of conflict and confusion in social work because clients were no longer afraid of angering the FWA because they had more secure guarantees of public relief. Older and newer social workers also often disagreed over diagnoses and treatments, and clients were sometimes given very different responses to the same issues.

Keywords: social workers; Family Welfare Association; Minneapolis; social work; public relief

Chapter.  1554 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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