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Evasive Types and Plausible Women

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226653662.003.0026
Evasive Types and Plausible Women

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This chapter describes how the social workers of Child Welfare Commission and the Public Welfare Bureau evaluated applicants for welfare assistance in Oregon. It explains that their form of detective visiting was even more focused on exposing paupers than those used by the Charity Organization Society in London and Melbourne. The weight of their work also forced social workers to adopt a rough-and-ready shorthand of client types. This chapter also discusses their problems with the methods they were encouraged to use.

Keywords: social workers; Child Welfare Commission; Public Welfare Bureau; welfare assistance; Oregon; detective visiting

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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