Mr. O'Neill and Mr. Mattner

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:
Mr. O'Neill and Mr. Mattner

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This chapter discusses the failure of male social workers in Boston and Minneapolis to maximize their contributions to child care and protection. It explains that the men's stories about their welfare work in the 1920s and 1930s reflected wider frustration with female power which might have stemmed from immature masculinity born of their youth and relative inexperience. This chapter highlights the fact the American caseworkers were young and inexperienced men and this made them subject to the control and direction of older women.

Keywords: male social workers; Boston; Minneapolis; child care; child protection; welfare work; older women; masculinity

Chapter.  2033 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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