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Comment être « l’amie » des familles populaires : la relation de care chez les assistantes sociales de l’entre-deux-guerres, entre vocation et formation

Abstract : We discuss in this article how social workers of the interwar period considered the relation of care connecting them to their public. Social workers had indeed a double mission : helping working-class families but also supervising and controlling them. How did they reconcile such paradoxal injunctions ? To answer this question, we turn towards the sources of professional training. Indeed, schools of social work participated in shaping the imperatives of the relation of care. In a first part of the article, we look at how young women expressed their « calling » to embrace the profession of social worker ; in a second part, we analyze how schools regulated such aspirations. We conclude by discussing the strenghts of the notion of  « care » : we argue that it allows us to consider how domination and benevolence can be imbricated in one relation.
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Lola Zappi. Comment être « l’amie » des familles populaires : la relation de care chez les assistantes sociales de l’entre-deux-guerres, entre vocation et formation. Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, 2019, 1 (49), pp.93-114. ⟨10.4000/clio.16222⟩. ⟨hal-03399583⟩

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