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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about social work during the 1920s and 1930s. The analysis of the case notes of social workers reveals that the shifting understandings of poverty could grow out of conversations between the poor and their interpreters and that gender matted in social work. This chapter argues that successful responses to poverty are most often distinguished not by the rigor of their inquiry but by the recognition that the poor know something about the origins of poverty and the remedies of poverty and they are often characterized by a capacity to trust and to listen.

Keywords: social work; poverty; poor; conversations; gender

Chapter.  2859 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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