By Andrew J. Polsky
Assuming that "marginal" electorate can't govern their very own lives, proponents of the healing country urge casework intervention to reshape the attitudes and behaviors of these who reside outdoor the social mainstream. hence the sufferers of poverty, delinquency, relatives violence, and different difficulties are to be "normalized." yet "normalize," to Andrew Polsky, is a time period that "jars the ear, in addition it's going to after we ponder what this attempt is all about." the following he investigates the extensive community of public organisations that undertake the casework approach.
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Marginal groups themselves could hardly be expected to abide by established moral codes. In the emerging slums, working-class families demonstrated their lack of moral bearings through displays of reprehensible and self-destructive behavior. Worse yet, among the working population, wealth no longer was seen as a just reward for discipline and upright character. Class antagonisms became more pronounced. Community notables feared a crisis, an eruption of social disorder, unless some new means could be found to lower class hostility.
The message—that the state might now take back what it had given—could hardly have been lost upon dependent groups even in the cities where philanthropy did not succeed in its quest to eliminate public relief. Unlike some of the other philanthropic contributions to the refashioning of public authority, this one was the subject of much discussion. To charity leaders and political reformers, the state had moved at a critical moment to reafﬁrm its limited mandate under the liberal social constitution.
17 When middle-class activists sought an answer to the social question, they recognized the need to restore class harmony in the modern industrial city itself, where the moral economy had been torn asunder, rather than in places of conﬁnement. Our gaze is properly directed, then, at the tactical steps that bourgeois activists took during the second half of the nineteenth century to counter the core problem they believed lay behind the social question—the decay of the working-class family. Organizational and public resources not previously imagined were brought to bear upon the family unit.