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Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography : Power and Pauperism: The Workhouse System, 1834-1884 Series Number 19 - Felix Driver

Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography

Power and Pauperism: The Workhouse System, 1834-1884 Series Number 19


Published: 26th August 2004
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Power and Pauperism aims to provide a new perspective on the place of the workhouse in the history and geography of nineteenth-century society and social policy. The workhouse system is set in the wider context in an age associated, paradoxically, with both laissez-faire and increasing state regulation. The study pays particular attention to conflicts over Poor Law policy and workhouse design. Dr Driver demonstrates that despite appearances the workhouse system was far from monolithic, and that official policy was beset with conflict: his study combines a national perspective on the system with a sensitivity to regional variation in policy and practice. The analysis of patterns of relief regulation and institutional provision presented here provides, for the first time, a truly national picture of the workhouse system in operation. Power and Pauperism emphasises the need to link the study of social policy with wider patterns of power and the value of a geographical perspective in the study of social policy. The book as a whole offers a challenging new interpretation of the historical geography of social policy in nineteenth-century Britain.

List of figures
List of tables
Policing society: government, discipline and social policy
Social policy, liberalism and the mid-Victorian state
Rational landscapes? the geography of Poor Law government
Designing the workhouse system, 1834-1884
Building the workhouse system, 1834-1884
Classifying the poor: maps of pauper-land
The politics of territory: the anti-Poor Law movement
From township to Union? the geography of Poor Law administration at a local level
The workhouse system from a local perspective
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ISBN: 9780521607476
ISBN-10: 0521607477
Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.34