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Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected HorseSocial Work and the Story of Poverty in America, Australia, and Britain$
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Mark Peel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226653631

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226653662.001.0001

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But Most Will Never Better Themselves

But Most Will Never Better Themselves

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(p.67) Chapter 6 But Most Will Never Better Themselves
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Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226653662.003.0007

This chapter discusses problems associated with the style of social work inquiry used by the Charity Organization Society. It suggests that the COS' approach to poverty ruled out constructive social work and argues that their work was made less effective by their focus on mistrust, checking, and verification. In addition, the organization's focus on dependency and falsehood also made people lie and most conversations were guarded and staged rather than honest and open.

Keywords:   style of inquiry, social work, Charity Organization Society, poverty, dependency, falsehood, mistrust, verification

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