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Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, 1890-1935

ISBN-10: 0195089243
ISBN-13: 9780195089240
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Robyn Muncy
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/28/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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 theorganizational 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 itsparticular 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.

Robyn Muncy is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland. She is the author of "Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, 1890-1935" and the coauthor of "Engendering America: A Documentary History, 1865 to the Present".

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Origins of the Dominion: Hull House, 1890-1910
a Dominion Materializes: the Children's Bureau, 1903-1917
Staffing the Dominion: the School of Social Service Administration, 1903-1930
Consolidation and Expansion of the Dominion: the Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act, 1918-1924
Contraction and Dissolution of the Female Dominion: Federal Child Welfare Policy, 1924-1935
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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