What is Social Case Work?: An Introductory Description

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Russell Sage Foundation, 1922 - Social case work - 268 pages
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Page 184 - Thus piteously Love closed what he begat: The union of this ever-diverse pair! These two were rapid falcons in a snare, Condemned to do the flitting of the bat. Lovers beneath the singing sky of May, They wandered once; clear as the dew on flowers: But they fed not on the advancing hours: Their hearts held cravings for the buried day.
Page 98 - ... more able to neglect the one than the other. The distinctive approach of the case worker, in fact, is back to the individual by way of his social environment, and wherever adjustment must be effected in this manner, individual by individual, instead of in the mass, there some form of social case work is and will continue to be needed. So long as human beings are human and their environment is the world, it is difficult to imagine a state of affairs in which both they and the world they live in...
Page 191 - I've given you at various times through my peculiarities; and as my own boys grow up, I shall learn more and more of the kind of trial you had to overcome in superintending the development of a creature different from yourself, for whom you felt responsible. I say this merely to show how my sympathy with you is likely to grow much livelier, rather than to fade — and not for the sake of regrets. — As for the other side, and Mother, and our all possibly meeting, I can't say anything.
Page 223 - But social work also achieves the same general ends in these other ways. It includes a wide variety of group activities — settlement work, recreational work, club, neighborhood and local community work — in which the individual, though still met face to face, becomes one of a number. By a method different from that employed in either case or group work, though with the same end in view, social reform seeks to improve conditions in the mass, chiefly through social propaganda and social legislation.
Page 130 - Evolution. 9 129 himself by suggestions from others. So he himself, at every stage, is really in part someone else, even in his own thought of himself.
Page 90 - Its theories, its aims, its best intensive (practice all seem to have been converging of late years toward one central idea; namely, toward the development of personality. What does this term imply when the social worker uses it? A Scotch metaphysician of the eighteenth century wrote, "When a man loses his estate, his health, his strength, he is still the same person and has lost nothing of his personality.
Page 194 - And thou, dearest father, whose life was as hard as thy hard trade, thou hast shown to me what patience and protracted effort can accomplish. It is to thee that I owe perseverance in daily work. Not only hadst thou the qualities which go to make a useful life, but also admiration for great men and great things. To look upwards, learn to the utmost, to seek to rise ever higher, such was thy teaching. I can see thee now, after a hard day's work, reading in the evening some story of the battles in the...
Page 179 - Our affection is less a passion than that which we cherish for Switzerland. Why, then, is this ? What, after all, is the love of the Alps, and when and where did it begin ? It is easier to ask these questions than to answer them. The classic nations hated mountains. Greek and Roman poets talk of them with disgust and dread. Nothing could have been more depressing to a courtier of Augustus than residence at Aosta, even though he found his theatres and triumphal arches there. Wherever classical feeling...
Page 165 - Instinct and the capacity to form habits, while related functions, are present in any animal in inverse ratio. Man excels in his habit-forming capacities. So quickly are habits formed upon the basis of whatever instinctive activity is present, that man is usually accredited with as long a list of instincts as the animals.
Page 98 - ... the worker is no more occupied with abnormalities in the individual than in the environment, is no more able to neglect the one than the other.

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