From Charity to Enterprise: The Development of American Social Work in a Market Economy

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University of Illinois Press, 2001 - 344 páginas
How did social work evolve as a profession in the United States? Stanley Wenocur and Michael Reisch examine the history of social work and provide a theoretical model of professionalization for analyzing its development. They offer a provocative view of American social work as an enterprise seeking exclusive control over the definition, production, and distribution of an essential commodition.

Now in paperback for the first time, From Charity to Enterprise sets the professionalization of social work into a dynamic social context. The explicit political and economic framework of Wenocur and Reisch's model enables the authors to examine how various subgroups within social work lost or gained control of the professional enterprise at various points.

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PART II
19
The Earliest Definitions of the Social Work Commodity 30 3 The Earliest Definitions of the Social Work Commodity
46
Training the Commodity Producers
61
The State
70
Historical Context
77
Fashioning the Social Work Commodity
92
Consolidating the Social Work Enterprise
115
Social Work Redefined
136
Social Work Politics in a New Social Welfare Industry
167
The Radical Challenge to Professional Social Work
182
Reshaping
208
Social Group Work
225
Social Work Education
243
Continuing Dilemmas of Profession Building
256
Notes
271
Index
315

Social Work between 1930 and 1950
149

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