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ERIC Number: EJ852961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Rereading "The Jack-Roller:" Hidden Histories in Sociology and Social Work
Shaw, Ian
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n7 p1241-1264 2009
I revisit one of the iconic Chicago School studies, Clifford Shaw's "The Jack-Roller". A naive reading of Shaw's book leaves the reader with a sense of having been inducted into a melange of what we now know as "sociology" and "social work," but which to Shaw seems a coherent stance. I suggest that this is close to the heart of how things were, and not a temporary distortion in the distinct histories of sociology and social work. I develop and illustrate this argument through a hidden history of an intellectual case for reciprocity between the two disciplines as seen in some barely noticed work of Ernest Burgess. I conclude with a suggested rereading of "The Jack-Roller" that supports a relationship between sociology and social work based on egalitarian respect and a commitment to practicing history in the sense of positioning ourselves in a historical context. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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