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ERIC Number: ED018514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1959-Sep
Pages: 1
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IMPLICATIONS OF URBAN LOWER-CLASS CULTURE FOR SOCIAL WORK.
MILLER, WALTER B.
IT IS FELT SOCIAL WORK THEORY NEEDS CONCRETE AND SYSTEMATIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE "CUSTOMARY," PATTERNED WAYS OF HUMAN INTERACTION, AND PROFESSIONALS SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL-CLASS TRADITIONS AND RELATED FACTORS ON BEHAVIOR. WITHIN THIS FRAMEWORK, A DESCRIPTION OF A LOWER-CLASS URBAN COMMUNITY IS OFFERED AS A GUIDE. DISCUSSED ARE THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF LOWER-CLASS CULTURE, WHICH IS TOO OFTEN ANALYZED IN COMPARISON WITH THE BASELINE OF MIDDLE-CLASS CULTURE. AN ALTERNATUVE APPROACH WOULD BE TO CONCEPTUALIZE LOWER-CLASS CULTURE AS A UNIQUE SYSTEM WITH ITS OWN SET OF INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF COMPONENTS. AMONG THE CHARACTERISTICS DISCUSSED ARE SUBTYPES, FAMILY STRUCTURE, CHILD REARING AND ROLES IN FEMALE-BASED HOUSEHOLDS, AND STREET CORNER GROUPS. IN TERMS OF EXTENT, THE URBAN LOWER CLASS HAS REMAINED ESSENTIALLY STABLE OVER TIME, AND A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER WITHIN THIS CLASS HAVE LITTLE UPWARD ASPIRATION. THE IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE ARE FORMULATED. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN WITHIN A CONTEXT OF THE CLIENT'S IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND A LONG-TERM VIEW OF SOCIAL ORDER AND VALUED BEHAVIORS IS STRESSED. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN "THE SOCIAL SERVICE REVIEW," VOLUME 33, NUMBER 3, SEPTEMBER 1959. (NH)
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