Classification as an interventional technique is rooted in three of the most basic trends in modern society: differentiation, professionalization, and bureaucratization. In particular, the growth of professional “people-processing” agencies has been phenomenal. As Hasenfeld (Hasenfeld & English, 1974, p. 1) observes:

This trend reflects, on the one hand, the shift of socialization and social control functions from primary groups such as the family to the state, and on the other hand it reflects the development of complex people-processing and people-changing techniques that can no longer be implemented in small social units.... Examples of such organizations are the public schools, hospitals, welfare agencies, employment placement offices, and police departments.


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