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Jane Addams: Editing towards professionalism

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Start Date 06/08/2014
End Date 06/30/2015
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Last Updated 01/02/2015 12:24PM
Keywords jane addams


  Clare Dannenberg

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  David Reamer


Jane Addams, Progressive Era stalwart and social work pioneer, wrote several books detailing her experiences and efforts towards countering various social ills. Many of these works, in a manner typical for their day, were initially serialized in leading magazines before their edited inclusion in books. My hypothesis is that Addams displayed a tendency to edit her own work towards a more professionally appropriate usage of language--a simplified use of language attempting to be free of unnecessary descriptions, uninfonned opinions, or emotional content, which presaged a general trend towards professionalism m social work. As the founder of modem social work, and as a person who has remained of academic and popular relevance since her passing, such a review is critical to understanding the motivations for and evolution of professional language usage.

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