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date: 15 December 2017

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This entry discusses some topics in social work and social welfare history. It covers different approaches to that history, such as an emphasis on social control functions of social welfare; a stress on the “ordinary people” involved in historical events; or particular attention to the stories of women, people of color, and other groups who have often been excluded from formal sources of power. It notes the importance of using original sources in writing history, and explains the various steps involved in researching and interpreting these sources.

Keywords: archives, evaluation, historical methodology, history as a research method, history of women and minorities, interpretation, nature of history, oral history, primary and secondary sources, social control, social history, social welfare history

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