Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alan Kidd
    Pages 1-7
  3. Alan Kidd
    Pages 8-64
  4. Alan Kidd
    Pages 65-108
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-207

About this book


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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Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Kidd
    • 1
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUK

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