As cities grew, from the increase of immigrants and workers seeking jobs, the elites of society (those with wealth and power) became concerned with the conditions that were developing within
Settlement House Movement, as well as other charity movements, help bring serving the poor from secular to more private hands; philanthropists began to start charities to help the poor as well. Many of the work do...
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...ar on the poor themselves (continue to blame them for their predicament of being in poverty).
The conflicts found in the area of social work, can be seen as conflicts between social work and social policy (carrying out policy, being a foot soldier versus impacting policy, being an officer) as well as conflicts in regards to whether social work was a singular profession or made up of several (case work versus group work versus reform work). The idea of working alongside the poor, community action, to help implement and design programs is an issue that was faced during the War on Poverty years; as social workers were reluctant (didn't know how to) involve their clients, as they were the clients that needed help because they didn't know how to use the resources to help themselves, and that is why the social workers were there in the first place (Ehrenreich, 1985).
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