Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women

Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women : Case Records and the Professionalization of Social Work

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Writing case records was central to the professionalization of social work, a task that by its very nature created clients, authorities, problems, and solutions. In Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women, Karen W. Tice argues that when early social workers wrote about their clients they transformed individual biographies into professional representations. Because the social workers were attuned to the intricacies of language, case records became focal points for debates on science, art, representation, objectivity, realism, and gender in public charity and reform.Tice uses 150 case records of early practitioners from a number of reform organizations and considers myriad books on the specifics of case recording to analyze the competing models of record-keeping, both in the field and outside it.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153.2 x 227.6 x 20.8mm | 437.93g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0252066987
  • 9780252066986
  • 2,054,189

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"An extremely thought-provoking and theoretically sophisticated work that will prove invaluable to anyone doing research in social history... No historian has focused on the case records themselves or sought to analyze the shifting conventions employed by front-line social workers in their construction. This is precisely the goal that Tice sets for herself, and one which she achieves with great clarity, skill, and insight." -- L. Mara Dodge, Journal of Social History "A rich and well-researched book which expands our understanding of the nature and early development of social work... Tice's important book adds measurably to our understanding of case records and social work in its early years, and her argument about the critical nature of case records to social work's professional development is most convincing and important." -- Robert Fisher, Journal of Progressive Human Servicesshow more