This original study discusses the role of women in developing and dispersing caring power and, vice-versa, the role of caring power in constituting 'women' as modern social subjects, processes which began around 1800. Based on the historian-/philosopher Foucault's concept of pastoral power, "caring power" also takes into account the vital role played by gender. Both humanitarian and religious motives fostered the ideal of serving the well-being of individual 'others' and thereby the interest of society as a whole.
With the rise of caring power, this book argues, women began to feel responsible for 'those of their own sex' and to organize themselves in all-female organizations. In the process they carved out new gender identities for themselves and the women in their care.
The authors illustrate this profound historical change with the work of the reformers Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) and Josephine Butler (1828-1906) and trace their impact in Britain and the Netherlands.
|'Prayer without Ation is Mockery'" Humanitarianism, Protestantism, the Women's Movement|
|Elizabeth Fry: Life and Work, Religious Inspiration, Caring Power|
|Josephoine Butler: Life and Work, Religious Inspiration, Caring Power|
|Following in Fry's Footsteps: The Dutch Case|
|Dutch Abolitionism and Butler's Crusade: From Steenbeek to teh Protection of Girls|
|The Rise of Caring Power: Conclusinos|
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Abbreviations|
|Primary Sources General|
|Bibliography of Elizabeth Fry|
|Bibliography of Josephine Butler|
|About the Authors|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Audience: Adult Education
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.51 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54