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dc.contributor.advisor Faubion, James D.
dc.creatorKilroy, Joshua Lawrence
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:25:33Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:25:33Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/18545
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines changes in the mode of governance in the contemporary United States using societal responses to child abuse as an example. The phrase "child abuse" is only forty years old yet it has become the center of large public bureaucracies in every state. The history of the child welfare is reviewed with particular attention to the increased legal protection for abused and neglected children and how these rights reorganized the responsibilities of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The ethnographic section details the crisis in the Illinois child welfare system after the death of a three-year old child in 1993. The creation of an Inspector General's Office is documented and several of their reform initiatives are considered in some detail, including the development of a Code of Ethics and the use of mediation in servicing families. One conclusion is that traditional agency-based services are being displaced by services offered within networks of providers. These network structures are built around a specific subject, the "child at risk." The implications of these developments for modes of governance in contemporary society are examined.
dc.format.extent 236 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectCultural anthropology
Political science
Public administration
Sociology
Public & social welfare
dc.title Risk, reform, and vocation in the Illinois child welfare system
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Sociology
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Kilroy, Joshua Lawrence. "Risk, reform, and vocation in the Illinois child welfare system." (2003) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/18545.


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