Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women: Case Records and the Professionalization of Social Work
by Karen W. Tice
University of Illinois Press, 1998
Paper: 978-0-252-06698-6 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02397-2
Library of Congress Classification HV43.T43 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 361.32

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
      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.
      "An original and important study, this is the first major work I
        know of to carry out a contextual analysis of case records and to discuss
        the role case records have played in the development of social work."
        -- Leslie Leighninger, author of Social Work, Social Welfare, and American
        Society
 
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