By Mary L. Mapes
Using Indianapolis as its concentration, this booklet explores the connection among faith and social welfare. coming up out of the Indianapolis Polis Center’s Lilly-sponsored learn of faith and concrete tradition, the ebook seems at 3 concerns: the function of spiritual social providers inside Indianapolis’s greater social welfare aid method, either private and non-private; the evolution of the connection among private and non-private welfare sectors; and the way rules approximately citizenship mediated the supply of social providers. Noting that non secular nonprofits don't determine prominently in so much reviews of welfare, Mapes explores the ancient roots of the connection among religiously affiliated social welfare and public organizations. Her procedure acknowledges that neighborhood edition has been a defining characteristic of yank social welfare. A Public Charity goals to light up neighborhood developments and to narrate the location in Indianapolis to nationwide traits and events.
Polis heart sequence on faith and concrete Culture—David J. Bodenhamer and Arthur E. Farnsley II, editors
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The war had introduced the idea that even ‘‘normal’’ individuals and families, in their confrontation with the strains and stresses of modern life, A City of Families could benefit from mental health professionals. In the postwar period, large numbers of ordinary middle-class Americans sought the help of psychologically trained professionals, and psychological services quickly became hot commodities for which people were willing to pay good money. ’’26 Social workers in private social welfare agencies knew that if they wanted to offer their counseling and casework services to the booming middle class, they would have to demonstrate that their agencies no longer served only the poor.
Of course, public authorities no doubt held reservations about the Catholic community, but their commitment to fiscal conservatism proved more compelling. Indianapolis was more fiscally conservative than most Midwestern cities. 49 Resistance to the ‘‘dole’’ continued into the late s. 52 As was the case in welfare departments in so many states across the nation, ‘‘suitable home’’ clauses were legally incorporated into the guidelines social workers used to determine whether a mother qualified for ADC.
What is most revealing about the survey is that Church Federation members so ably used the language of their secular counterparts, especially those in the field of psychology. For exam- A City of Families ple, the survey focused on issues such as the ‘‘parent-child relationship’’ and ‘‘marital relations’’ by asking the parents how well their children obeyed them and whether or not they, the husbands and wives, had serious arguments or sexual difficulties. Other ideas and concerns popular in the field of psychology also figured prominently in the survey.
A Public Charity: Religion And Social Welfare In Indianapolis, 1929-2002 (Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture) by Mary L. Mapes