Confronting the Nagger

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:
Confronting the Nagger

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This chapter examines the experience of male social workers in Boston and Minneapolis in dealing with naggers. It explains that female clients with long experience of welfare encounters failed to recognize their authority over explanations and solutions, particularly in child protection cases. They were also often caught unprepared by the methods used by housewives to prove their case. The clients also threw belittling sarcasms at male caseworkers and questioned their right to exert and enact their professional responsibilities.

Keywords: male social worker; Boston; Minneapolis; naggers; female clients; child protection

Chapter.  2672 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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