Comment être 'l’amie' des familles populaires: la relation de care chez les assistantes sociales de l’entre-deux-guerres, entre vocation et formation

TitleComment être 'l’amie' des familles populaires: la relation de care chez les assistantes sociales de l’entre-deux-guerres, entre vocation et formation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsZappi, Lola
JournalClio: Femmes, Genre, Histoire
Volume49
Pagination9-113
Abstract

This article examines how social workers in the interwar period considered the relation of care connecting them to their public. Social workers had a double mission : helping working-class families but also supervising and controlling them. How did they reconcile these paradoxical injunctions ? Answers can be found in the archives dealing with professional training. Schools of social work helped shape the imperatives of the relation of care. The article, begin by exploring how young women expressed their “calling” to embrace the profession of social worker ; in a second part, it analyzes how the training schools regulated such aspirations. It concludes by discussing the strengths of the notion of “care”; arguing that it reveals how domination and benevolence can be intertwined in a single relation.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.4000/clio.16222
Translated TitleForming “Friendships” with Working-Class Families: Social Workers and Care in the Interwar Period in France, between Vocation and Training
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