Medicine Charity and Mutual Aid: The Consumption of Health in Britain C. 1550-1950

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This book focuses on the recipients of charity, rather than the donors or institutions. By doing so, it tackles searching questions of social control and cohesion, and the relationship between providers and recipients in a new and revealing manner. It is shown how these issues changed over the course of the nineteenth century, as the frontier between state and the voluntary sector shifted away from charity towards greater reliance on public finance, workers' contributions and mutual aid. In turn, these new sources of assistance enriched civil society, encouraging democratization, empowerment and social inclusion for previously marginalized members of the community.

The history of the voluntary sector in British towns and cities has received increasing scholarly attention in recent years. Nevertheless, whilst there have been a number of valuable contributions looking at issues such as charity as a key welfare provider, charity and medicine, and charity and power in the community, there has been no book length exploration of the role and position of the recipient.

The book opens with an introduction that locates medicine, charity and mutual aid within their broad historiographical and urban contexts. Twelve archive-based, inter-related chapters follow. Their main chronological focus is the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which witnessed such momentous changes in the attitudes to, and allocation of, charity and poor relief. However, individual chapters on the early modern period, the eighteenth century and the aftermath of the Second World War provide illuminating context and help ensure that the volume provides a systematic overview of the subject that will be of interestto social, urban, and medical historians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754651482
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/11/2007
  • Series: Historical Urban Studies
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Anne Borsay and Peter Shapely
'Pressed down by want and afflicted with poverty, wounded and maimed in war or worn down with age?' Cathedral Almsmen in England 1538-1914, Ian Atherton, Eileen McGrath and Alannah Tomkins
From common rights to cold charity: enclosure and poor allotments in the 18th and 19th centuries, Sylvia Pinches
Kinship and welfare in early modern England: sometimes charity begins at home, Sheila Cooper
Deaf children and charitable education in Britain 1790-1944, Anne Borsay
Joseph Townend and the Manchester infirmary: a plebeian patient in the Industrial Revolution, Stuart Hogarth
Investigating the 'deserving' poor: charity and the voluntary hospitals in 19th-century Birmingham, Jonathan Reinarz
Choice and the children's hospital: Great Ormond Street Hospital patients and their families 1855-1900, Andrea Tanner
Mental health charity for the middling sort: Holloway sanatorium 1885-1900, Anne C. Shepherd
Urban tuberculosis patients and sanatorium treatment in the early 20th century, Flurin Condrau
The politics of voluntary health care in Middlesborough 1900-48, Barry Doyle
The co-operative men's guild, citizenship and the limits of mutual aid, Peter Shapely
Retelling the stories of clients of voluntary social work agencies in Britain after 1945, Pat Starkey
Index.
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