Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, 1890-1935

Paperback | July 1, 1994

byRobyn Muncy

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In this book, Muncy explains the continuity of white, middle-class, American female reform activity between the Progressive era and the New Deal. She argues that during the Progressive era, female reformers built an interlocking set of organizations that attempted to control child welfarepolicy. Within this policymaking body, female progressives professionalized their values, bureaucratized their methods, and institutionalized their reforming networks. To refer to the organizational structure embodying these processes, the book develops the original concept of a female dominion inthe otherwise male empire of policymaking. At the head of this dominion stood the Children's Bureau in the federal Department of Labor. Muncy investigates the development of the dominion and its particular characteristics, such as its monopoly over child welfare and its commitment to publicwelfare, and shows how it was dependent on a peculiarly female professionalism. By exploring that process, this book illuminates the relationship between professionalization and reform, the origins and meaning of Progressive reform, and the role of gender in creating the American welfarestate.

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In this book, Muncy explains the continuity of white, middle-class, American female reform activity between the Progressive era and the New Deal.

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In this book, Muncy explains the continuity of white, middle-class, American female reform activity between the Progressive era and the New Deal. She argues that during the Progressive era, female reformers built an interlocking set of organizations that attempted to control child welfarepolicy. Within this policymaking body, female ...

Robyn Muncy is at University of Maryland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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In this book, Muncy explains the continuity of white, middle-class, American female reform activity between the Progressive era and the New Deal.

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"In addition to offering important insights into women and reform, it is a model monograph; it is useful for teaching the central role of women in Progressivism....[It is] on the cutting edge of scholarship."--Greg Field, University of Michigan at Dearborn