Protesting about pauperism : poverty, politics and poor relief in late-Victorian England, 1870-1900 /
Elizabeth T. Hurren.
Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2007.
xii, 296 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0861932927, 9780861932924
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Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2007.
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"A Royal Historical Society publication"--T.p. verso
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-285) and index.
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The consequences of extreme poverty were a grim reality for all too many people in Victorian England. The various poor laws implemented to try to deal with it contained a number of controversial measures, one of the most radical and unpopular being the crusade against outdoor relief, during which central government sought to halt all welfare payments at home. Via a close case study of Brixworth union in Northamptonshire, which offers an unusually rich corpus of primary material and evidence, the author looks at what happened to those impoverished men and women who struggled to live independently in a world-without-welfare outside the workhouse. She retraces the experiences of elderly paupers evicted from almshouses, of the children of the aged poor prosecuted for parental maintenance, of dying paupers who were refused medical care in their homes, and of women begging for funeral costs in an attempt to prevent the bodies of their loved ones being taken for dissection by anatomists. She then shows how increasing democratisation gave the labouring poor the means to win control of the poor law. ELIZABETH T. HURREN is Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine, Oxford Brookes University, Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Past and Present.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. viii
List of maps/illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The National Poor Law Picture
The New Poor Law: legal and theoretical frameworkp. 17
Retrenchment rhetoric: crusaders and their criticsp. 59
The Local Poor Law Landscape
The Northamptonshire poor law experience, 1834-1900p. 79
Setting the poor law stage to stigmatise paupersp. 103
A world-without-welfare? Penalising the poor with welfare-to-work schemesp. 128
Protesting about Pauperism
Organising resistance: protesting about pauperismp. 159
Class coalition: poor law crisis and reactionp. 169
Begging for a burial: fighting for poor law fundingp. 191
Campaigning for change: democracy and poor law politics, 1890-1900p. 214
Denouement: continuity or change?p. 242
Conclusionp. 248
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 287
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