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Sin, Organized Charity and the Poor Law in Victorian England - R. Humphreys

Sin, Organized Charity and the Poor Law in Victorian England

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Politicians, social administrators, economists, biographers and historians have shared the belief that the "Charity Organisation Society" effectively rationalized relief to the Victorian poor and illustrated the advantages of caring voluntarism over impersonal state handouts. Evidence has shown how, in provincial England, these impressions were illusory. The alleged sinful profligacy of other charitable bodies was persistently condemned by the Charity Organisation Society for fostering latent sin amongst the poor. By exposing how they failed in practice to satisfy their own prescriptions for appropriate poor relief, this volume asks whether the members of the Charity Organisation Society were themselves morally equipped to castigate other about sin.

Acknowledgements - Abbreviations - Introduction - The Poor Law Crusade against Outdoor Relief - The Provincial Crusade: Results and Reactions - Victorian Ideology, Early Attempts to Organise Charity, and the Beginnings of the Charity Organisation Society - The Emergence of Provincial Charity Organisation Societies and Responses, 1870-1890 - The Activities of Provincial Charity Organisation Societies, 1870-1890 - Ideological Change in Late Victorian Britain: The Response of the Provincial Charity Organisation Societies and Local Government Board - Appendix A - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333633793
ISBN-10: 0333633792
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 17th July 1995
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2