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Confrontation at the National Conference on Social Welfare

Margaret E. Berry
Social Service Review
Vol. 63, No. 4 (Dec., 1989), pp. 630-656
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30012055
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

From 1968 to 1973 a variety of ethnic, racial, and "cause" groups in social welfare pressed for recognition and remedial action. As their staging area they selected the largest national gatherings in the field, the annual forums of the National Conference on Social Welfare. Seeing the Conference both as a symbol of the establishment and an instrument for social change, they demanded changes in the Conference. It responded rapidly by including underrepresented minorities and interests. It could not, however, become the unified voice for social welfare in national policy making.

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