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Welfare's Forgotten Past: A Socio-Legal History of the Poor Law

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780415685788

ISBN10:
0415685788
Format:
Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date:
7/11/2011
Publisher(s):
Routledge-Caven

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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 7/11/2011.
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Summary

That poor law was law " is a fact that has slipped from the consciousness of historians of welfare in England and Wales, and in North America. Welfare's Forgotten Pastremedies this situation by tracing the history of the legal right of the settled poor to relief when destitute. Poor law was not simply local custom, but consisted of legal rights, duties and obligations that went beyond social altruism. This legal truth " is, however, still ignored or rejected by some historians, and thus lost " to social welfare policy-makers. This forgetting or minimising of a legal, enforceable right to relief has not only led to a misunderstanding of welfare "s past; it has also contributed to the stigmatisation of poverty, and the emergence and persistence of the idea that its relief is a 'gift' from the state. Documenting the history and the effects of this forgetting, whilst also providing a legal " history of welfare, Lorie Charlesworth argues that it is timely for social policy-makers and reformists “ in Britain, the United States and elsewhere “ to reconsider an alternative welfare model, based on the more positive, legal aspects of welfare "s 400-year legal history.


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