Looking Back: How Jane Addams Challenged the Frontiers of Public Administration, Sociology, Social Work, Peace Studies and Philosophy - and why it matters today
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This paper examines Jane Addams pioneering contributions to five fields. The late 19th and early 20th Century was a time when many academic and professional fields were becoming self-aware. Chicago transitioned from a physical frontier town to an intellectual frontier. Jane Addams, founder of Hull House and daughter of Chicago was a pioneer helping to build these fields. Public Administration has clear connections to social work, philosophy and sociology – not so with Peace Studies. Yet public administration should be fully engaged in building the fabric of a peace-full society. Addams’s transforming notion of positive peace and her application of these Newer Ideals of Peace to local governance is a 21st Century PA frontier. This paper examines Addams pioneering role in philosophy, social work, sociology, peace studies and public administration. In addition, it explores the frontier of positive peace as a place of transition and transformation for public administration.