The Welfare State and the ‘Deviant Poor’ in Europe, 1870–1933

  • Beate Althammer
  • Andreas Gestrich
  • Jens Gründler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Poverty and Deviance in the Era of the Emerging Welfare State

  3. From Moral to Social Causes? Shifting Conceptions and Perceptions of Poverty

  4. On the Borderline: The Vagrant Poor Between Destitution and Delinquency

  5. Beyond the Borderline: The Mentally Deficient and the Criminal

  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Jens Gründler, Andreas Gestrich
      Pages 213-223
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 224-277

About this book


The strife for social improvement that arose in the decades around the turn of the 20th century raised the issue of social conformity in new ways: how were citizens who did not adhere to the rules to be dealt with? This edited collection opens new perspectives on the history of the emerging welfare state by focusing on its margins.


Poverty Vagrancy Crime Mental Illness Deviance Marginality Social Exclusion History 1870-1933 20th century Austria England Europe Familie Germany history law poverty reform

Editors and affiliations

  • Beate Althammer
    • 1
  • Andreas Gestrich
    • 2
  • Jens Gründler
    • 3
  1. 1.Universität TrierGermany
  2. 2.German Historical Institute LondonUK
  3. 3.Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch StiftungGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-46229-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-33362-9
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