The Fraternal Society - Richard Hauser & Hephzibah HauserLondon: The Bodley Head, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little soiling to the upper panel with the price clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Light spotting to the endpapers and blanks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Tables; Appendices ;
From the cover: “Since they came to England in 1957 the Hausers’ ‘community activation’ work has made its impact on many social problems. In this important book they explain their theories and describe their methods.
They believe that present conditions offer a real opportunity for society to emerge finally from the paternalistic mould and become truly fraternal. The first part of the book is an analysis of the structure of the paternal society both historically and as it still exists today. The unquestioning acceptance of the status quo and of petit bourgeois standards of human relationship is seen as the principal obstacle to social progress.
In the second part the authors show how they think this obstacle can be overcome. The fundamental aim of their work, in all its varied fields of application, is to stimulate people to think and act for themselves, and to have a concern for others. The efficacy of their methods is amply demonstrated by the accounts they give of their work with prisoners, backward pupils in secondary schools, mental patients and ex-patients, lonely housewives in new building areas, and many other ‘socially handicapped’ groups. They have applied the same methods to the community as a whole in such troubled areas as Notting Hill. They are conscious that they have made mistakes, and that their methods are still evolving, but they hope that this personal statement will be helpful to other social workers and to all who share their desire to see fraternal and purposeful social attitudes replace the apathy and inertia which are still so widespread.
The Fraternal Society will arouse hostility in some quarters, but it will be widely welcomed for its fresh approach to social problems and for the breadth of its vision.”