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Overview

Leslie Leighninger fills an important gap in the social work literature with her in-depth examination of the development of social work as a profession from the 1930s through the 1960s. She explores the major changes that took place during this period—the creation of a broad professional association, solidification of a system of graduate education, development of an undergraduate training program, the rise and demise of a union movement, and the professionalization of public welfare—in a broad historical context.

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Meet the Author

LESLIE LEIGHNINGER is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Social Work Program of the School of Social Work, Western Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The 1920s: Diversity and the Beginnings of Professionalism

In Search of Professional Standards: Changes in the AASW Membership Requirements

Social Workers and Political Action: AASW Involvement in Social Planning During the Depression

Social Work and Public Service: Efforts toward a Professional Public Welfare Program

Confusion and Consolidation: Professional Identification During World War II

Public Service vs. Professional Standards: Conflict in Social Work Education in the 1940s

Broadening the Knowledge Base: Social Work's Use of Social Science in the 1950s

Attempts at Unity: Formation of the National Association of Socal Workers

Conclusion

Bibliographical Note

Bibliography

Index

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