Society and Pauperism: English Ideas on Poor Relief, 1795-1834 (Heritage) (Paperback)

Society and Pauperism: English Ideas on Poor Relief, 1795-1834 (Heritage) By J. R. Poynter Cover Image
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This is a study of the ideas and attitudes expressed in the extensive literature on poverty, pauperism and relief published in England between the 1790s and the 1830s. It describes, analyses and explains the recorded attitudes in that period to poverty as a social phenomenon.

The focus of the study is the Poor Law, the network of law and practice which in the network of law and practice which in the two hundred years since its inception had become entwined in the fabric of society and of the economic system. In the early nineteenth century the Poor Law become one of the chief public issues of the day, the object of vigorous attack and the centre of controversy in which new assumptions of social order challenged old. The debate ranged far and wide and became involved with most of the other disputed issues of the time. The present work shows how, in 1834, the system was subjected to drastic changes in accordance with the new creed on poverty and its relief which had emerged in debate and was to continue as social orthodoxy until well into the twentieth century.

The study is especially valuable in that, by an examination of contemporary writings, it leads to a proper understanding of the period, its preoccupations and concerns, such as can be gained only from the consideration of the thoughts and actions of those who belonged to it.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781487580759
ISBN-10: 1487580754
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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Pages: 396
Language: English
Series: Heritage