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Jane Addams (1860–1935) is best known for her contribution to the practice of social work in the United States; her efforts at Hull House (part of the Settlement Housemovement) have become famous, and she was given international recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. However, it is important to understand her social work as part and parcel of her pragmatist educational and social theorizing. Working alongside— and thinking together with—a group of educated women activists (e.g., Frances Kelley and Charlotte Perkins Gilman), as well as with the scholars of the Chicago School (e.g., John Dewey and George Herbert Mead), Addams was a pragmatist feminist whose commitment to plurality without antagonism was the centerpiece of educating (both adults and children) for democracy ...

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