In Search of Neighborhood: South End House and its Legacy for Sociology and Social Work
Joyce E. Williams, Vicky M. MacLean

Using both primary and secondary sources, this historiography presents the little known history of the South End settlement house in Boston in order to establish its legitimacy in the development of both sociology and social work. Using specific examples from the settlement records, we show some of the contributions and consequences of the work of the South End House in shaping both disciplines in ways still visible today. We also probe substantive contributions that can be of use today as we continue the journey of studying, analyzing, and understanding social problems in order to ameliorate or solve them. The history narrative is told largely through the work of the South End House founder, Robert Woods, his work as sociologist and social worker as well as his associates, influences, and motivations.

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