BURKE, Sara Z. Studies in Gender and History).
Title: Seeking the Highest Good : Social Service and Gender at the University of Toronto, 1888-1937. First Edition.
Publisher:  University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1996, ISBN:0802007821
Seller ID: 105291
BURKE, Sara Z. Seeking the Highest Good : Social Service and Gender at the University of Toronto, 1888-1937. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, (1996). First Printing. Pp. (22),3-194,(2). Illustrated in black and white. 8vo, olive cloth with black lettering to front board and spine. A volume in the Studies in Gender and History series (general editors: Franca Iacovetta and Craig Heron). "In the summer of 1910, the University of Toronto opened its settlement house in one of Toronto's crowded manufacturing districts. The university's first active response to social problems in the city beyondits grounds, University Settlement (modelled on Toynbee Hall) was a consci ous attempt by its advocates to apply the social views of British idealism to the problems generated by poverty. It was also the product of a philosophy that held that the study of social problems would lead to their solution. In 'Seeking the Highest Good', Sara Burke provides an appraisal of the social thought of a succession of influential academics at the university, from W.J. Ashley, the first professor of political economy, and his successor, James Mavor, to the social philosopher E.J. Urwick -- the men who forged and preserved into the late 1930s the distinctive 'Toronto ideal'." -from the introductory preamble. Contents: 1. British Roots: Arnold Toynbee, W.J. Ashley, and the New Political Economy, 1888-1892; 2. Evangelism and the Limits of Social Action; 3. Science and Sentiment: Constructing the Gender of Service, 1900-1910; 4. The Search for a Model: University Settlement, 1910-1918; 5. Skill or Knowledge? Training for Social Work, 1914-1918; 6. The Department and Its Graduates, 1918-1928; 7. A Return to First Principles: E.J. Urwick and the Fight against Machinery, 1928-1937; Conclusion: Expertise,Efficiency, and the Bureaucratic Spirit. With bibliography and index. Very good. 25.00