Techniciens de l'organisation sociale : la réorganisation de l'assistance catholique privée à Montréal (1930-1974)

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Techniciens de l'organisation sociale : la réorganisation de l'assistance catholique privée à Montréal (1930-1974)
Abstract
Early in the Great Depression of the 1930s, French- and English-speaking Catholic business leaders in Montreal presided over the reorganization and rationalization of Catholic charities in their respective communities. The author points out that this began a decades-long transition from religious charity to public welfare, from largely volunteer work by the city's elite women to male-dominated professional social workers, from charity provided by alms to private assistance financed by centralized, large-scale campaigns. Far from experiencing a linear development, the author argues that both the Francophone (Fédération des oeuvres de charité canadiennes-françaises) and Anglophone (Federation of Catholic Charities) organizations were sites of experimentation and innovation but also conflicts -- between volunteers and professionals, laypeople and clergy, traditional charity and modern assistance, and sometimes between the communities and the federations themselves -- as they evolved towards their current affiliation with state-run social work.
Place
Montreal and Kingston
Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Date
2015
Language
fr
Citation
Bourbeau, Amélie. Techniciens de l’organisation sociale : la réorganisation de l’assistance catholique privée à Montréal (1930-1974). Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
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