Poverty and Poor Law Reform in Nineteenth-Century Britain, 1834-1914

Poverty and Poor Law Reform in Nineteenth-Century Britain, 1834-1914 : From Chadwick to Booth

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The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 is one of the most important pieces of social legislation ever enacted. Its principles and the workhouse system dominated attitudes to welfare provision for the next 80 years. This new Seminar Study explores the changing ideas to poverty over this period and assesses current debates on Victorian attitudes to the poor. David Englander reviews the old system of poor relief; he considers how the New Poor Law was enacted and received and looks at how it worked in practice. The chapter on the Scottish experience will be particularly welcomed, as will Dr Englander's discussion of the place of the Poor Law within British history.show more

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  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 11.18mm | 294.83g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138836605
  • 9781138836600

Table of contents

PART ONE: THE CONTEXT 1. Introduction. PART TWO: DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS 2. Poor Law Policy in England and Wales 3. Inside the Workhouse. 4. The Poor Laws in Scotland 5. Social Inquiry and Poor Law Reform PART THREE: ASSESSMENT 6. Problems and Prospects PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS. Glossary. Guide to Main Characters. Bibliography. Index.show more