Readings in Social Case Work, 1920-1938

Readings in Social Case Work, 1920-1938

Readings in Social Case Work, 1920-1938

Readings in Social Case Work, 1920-1938

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The publication of this volume of articles was undertaken in the hope that it might meet a need on the part of case work practitioners and students and teachers of social case work for readily available reference material, and that the bringing together of selected reprints within one volume might serve to emphasize the substantial contribution to the literature of the field which has been made through the medium of professional magazine articles and conference papers. Current thinking in the field of social case work has characteristically found expression through articles or papers dealing with specific phases of practice, rather than through the more substantial form of books dealing with the theory and practice of case work as a whole. This has meant that case work practitioners, students, and teachers have been dependent for reference material, to a large extent, upon the files of professional magazines and conference reports. It also has meant that the value of such material has been limited by the fact that it becomes lost in the back files of periodicals or conference reports, which are inaccessible to the average case work practitioner. The present volume represents an attempt to extend the usefulness of some of this material through presenting it in a more readily available form.

With this objective in mind, the editor reviewed the major professional magazines and conference reports for the years from 1918 to 1938. The year 1920 was selected as a beginning point for this volume, because it seemed to present the point at which the technical problems of case work practice were beginning to be given wider consideration in the periodical literature and conference reports. Articles were initially selected on the basis of the following two questions: Does it represent a substantial contribution to thinking about social case work practice? Does it have utility or significance for the practitioner today? This initial selective process resulted in a bulk of material too great to be published in one volume. The next step, therefore, was to decide upon a scheme of organization for presenting the material and to make fur-

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