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State, Society and the Poor in Nineteenth-Century England

In Nineteenth-Century England

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Social History in Perspective

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Today it is impossible to separate discussion of poverty from the priorities of state welfare. A hundred years ago, most working-class households avoided or coped with poverty without recourse to the state. The Poor Law...

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Today it is impossible to separate discussion of poverty from the priorities of state welfare. A hundred years ago, most working-class households avoided or coped with poverty without recourse to the state. The Poor Law after 1834 offered little more than a 'safety net' for the poorest, and much welfare was organised through charitable societies, self-help institutions and mutual-aid networks. Rather than look for the origins of modern provision, the author casts a searching light on the practices, ideology and outcomes of nineteenth-century welfare. This original and stimulating study, based upon a wealth of scholarship, is essential reading for all students of poverty and welfare. It also contains much to interest a wider readership.

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State poor relief, charity and working class institutions are discussed together as part of the 'mixed economy' of welfare to give a comprehensive overview
The ideology, practices and outcomes of nineteenthcentury welfare are fully discussed

Acknowledgements
A Mixed Economy of Welfare
The State and Pauperism
Voluntary Charity and the Poor
The Working Class, Self Help and Mutual Aid
Poverty and Welfare in Historical Perspective
Appendix
Notes
Further Reading
Index.

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ALAN KIDD is Reader in History at Manchester Metropolitan University. His previous publications include Manchester, The Making of the British Middle Class and Gender, Civic Culture and Consumerism.

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ALAN KIDD is Reader in History at Manchester Metropolitan University. His previous publications include Manchester, The Making of the British Middle Class and Gender, Civic Culture and Consumerism.

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