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Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, 1890-1935 / Edition 1
     

Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, 1890-1935 / Edition 1

by Robyn Muncy
 

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ISBN-10: 0195089243

ISBN-13: 9780195089240

Pub. Date: 03/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In this book, Muncy explains the continuity of white, middle-class, American female reform activity between the Progressive era and the New Deal. She argues that during the Progressive era, female reformers built an interlocking set of organizations that attempted to control child welfare policy. Within this policymaking body, female progressives professionalized

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In this book, Muncy explains the continuity of white, middle-class, American female reform activity between the Progressive era and the New Deal. She argues that during the Progressive era, female reformers built an interlocking set of organizations that attempted to control child welfare policy. Within this policymaking body, female progressives professionalized their values, bureaucratized their methods, and institutionalized their reforming networks. To refer to the organizational structure embodying these processes, the book develops the original concept of a female dominion in the otherwise male empire of policymaking. At the head of this dominion stood the Children's Bureau in the federal Department of Labor. Muncy investigates the development of the dominion and its particular characteristics, such as its monopoly over child welfare and its commitment to public welfare, and shows how it was dependent on a peculiarly female professionalism. By exploring that process, this book illuminates the relationship between professionalization and reform, the origins and meaning of Progressive reform, and the role of gender in creating the American welfare state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195089240
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.19(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Origins of the Dominion: Hull House, 1890--1910
3(35)
A Dominion Materializes: the Children's Bureau, 1903--1917
38(28)
Staffing the Dominion: The School of Social Service Administration, 1903--1930
66(27)
Consolidation and Expansion of the Dominion: The Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act, 1918--1924
93(31)
Contraction and Dissolution of the Female Dominion: Federal Child Welfare Policy, 1924--1935
124(34)
Conclusion 158(9)
Notes 167(46)
Index 213

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