Social History and Social Policy

Social History and Social Policy

1st Edition - March 28, 1981

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  • Editors: David J. Rothman, Stanton Wheeler
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266145

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Social History and Social Policy is a collection of papers that explores the correlation of social history and social policy. Each article in the book are prepared by social historians, preoccupied in the study of the origins and structure of health systems, urban planning, schools, and pension programs, who seek to change the process of social policy formation. The book is divided into three sections. Part I serves as an introduction and provides the history of social institutions. The second part deals with the history of social problems, discussing public employee pension problems; policies on health care; and a few aspects of the history of criminal justice in the United States. The last part provides the uses of history in the making of social policy. The text will be a valuable source of insight for public administrators, politicians, policy makers, political leaders, and analysts.

Table of Contents

  • Contents

    List of Contributors


    1 Introduction

    I The History of Social Institutions

    2 Inward Vision and Outward Glance: the Shaping of the American Hospital, 1880-1914 19

    Decisions and Decision Makers

    Sources of Change and Forms of Control

    Inpatient and Outpatient in the Culture of Medicine

    Visions and Realities: The Hospital in a New Century


    3 Education and Inequality: a Historical Perspective

    Public Policy Issues

    Origins of Public Educational Systems: The Nineteenth-Century Context

    A Three-Stage Paradigm

    Educational Change and Social Problems

    Some Results of Public Education

    The Dialectics of Social Policy

    Discontinuities in Social Issues

    4 The Diary of an Institution: the Fate of Progressive Reform at the Norfolk Penitentiary

    II The History of Social Problems

    5 The Morass: an Essay on the Public Employee Pension Problem

    6 Women's Clinics or Doctors' Offices: the Sheppard-Towner Act and the Promotion of Preventive Health Care

    7 History, Social Policy, and Criminal Justice

    Handle with Care: Discretion and the Dangerous Offender

    Plea Bargaining: Its Cause and Cure

    Hands Off: The Rise and Fall of Victimless Crime


    III The Uses of History in the Making of Social Policy

    8 Mirrors of Hard, Distorted Glass: an Examination of Some Influential Historical Assumptions about the Afro-American Family and the Shaping of Public Policies, 1861-1965

    "Root, Hog, or Die!"

    Up from Barbarism

    The Favored Few and the Victim Class

    The Future

    9 Urban Pasts and Urban Policies


    National Urban Growth Policy

    Regional Shares and Urban Policy

    A Concluding Note

    10 History and the Formation of Social Policy Toward Children: a Case Study

    The Work of the Carnegie Council: An Overview

    History in the Work of the Council

    The Role of a Historian: Personal Reflections

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 348
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: March 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266145

About the Editors

David J. Rothman

Stanton Wheeler

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