Opinions of Knowledgeable Respondents about Private Social Agencies' Service by Race (Detroit Women, 1964)
Opinions about Social Agencies' Service by Social Class of Neighborhood (Detroit Women, 1964)
|Agency and Class||Total||Positive||Negative||Don't Know||N|
of the respondents rated private agencies as good or excellent. Hence, the welfare directors are not perceiving their clients accurately.
In the middle of the 1960 period, Detroit women with children in school did not have a very favorable view toward public agencies and were somewhat more favorable to private agencies, though many fewer knew about the latter group. Various characteristics of the respondents did not seem to make a difference, including the important ones of education, race, and class. Stereotypes seem to be dominating the views of women about the social service system.
Relating these findings to that which has gone before, a troubling picture emerges. It is possible to think that, among Detroit women, welfare is for the lowest class and private agencies are for the next-to-the-lowest class, as discussed in Chapters 3 and 4. If true, this perception suggests a great gulf, and one that would be easy to exploit in an anti-welfare, hate-the-poor mindset.
This view--limited support--of public agencies, is echoed by the directors of public agencies themselves. While the directors have positive per