The Resource Fallen women, problem girls : unmarried mothers and the professionalization of social work, 1890-1945, Regina G. Kunzel

Fallen women, problem girls : unmarried mothers and the professionalization of social work, 1890-1945, Regina G. Kunzel

Label
Fallen women, problem girls : unmarried mothers and the professionalization of social work, 1890-1945
Title
Fallen women, problem girls
Title remainder
unmarried mothers and the professionalization of social work, 1890-1945
Statement of responsibility
Regina G. Kunzel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
During the first half of the twentieth century, out-of-wedlock pregnancy came to be seen as one of the most urgent and compelling problems of the day. The effort to define its meaning fueled a struggle among three groups of women: evangelical reformers who regarded unmarried mothers as fallen sisters to be saved, a new generation of social workers who viewed them as problem girls to be treated, and unmarried mothers themselves. Drawing on previously unexamined case records from maternity homes, Regina Kunzel explores how women negotiated the crisis of single pregnancy and analyzes the different ways they understood and represented unmarried motherhood. Fallen Women, Problem Girls is a social and cultural history of out-of-wedlock pregnancy in the United States from 1890 to 1945. Kunzel analyzes how evangelical women drew on a long tradition of female benevolence to create maternity homes that would redeem and reclaim unmarried mothers. She shows how, by the 1910s, social workers struggling to achieve professional legitimacy tried to dissociate their own work from that earlier tradition, replacing the reform rhetoric of sisterhood with the scientific language of professionalism. By investigating the important and unexplored transition from the conventions of nineteenth-century reform to the professional imperatives of twentieth-century social welfare, Kunzel offers a new interpretation of gender and professionalization. Kunzel places shifting constructions of out-of-wedlock pregnancy within a broad history of gender, sexuality, class, and race, and argues that the contests among evangelical women, social workers, and unmarried mothers distilled larger generational and cross-class conflicts among women in the first half of the twentieth century
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Cataloging source
JSTOR
Dewey number
362.83/92/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV700.5
LC item number
.K86 1993eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Yale historical publications
Label
Fallen women, problem girls : unmarried mothers and the professionalization of social work, 1890-1945, Regina G. Kunzel
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-258) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Maternity Home Movement -- 2. The New Experts and the "Girl Problem" -- 3. The "Secret Sisterhood": Unmarried Mothers in Maternity Homes -- 4. "Problem Girls": Docility and Dissidence in Maternity Homes -- 5. "Case Workers Have Become Necessities" -- 6. White Neurosis, Black Pathology, and the Ironies of Professionalization: The 1940s
Control code
ocn861792483
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 264 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300160628
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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22573/ctt30071k
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not applicable
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.b32204498
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)861792483
  • jstor0300160623

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