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Locus of Care: Families, Communities, Institutions, and the Provision of Welfare Since Antiquity [NOOK Book]

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The care of the needy and the sick is delivered by various groups including immediate family, the wider community, religious organisations and the State funded institutions. The Locus of Care provides an historical perspective on welfare detailing who carers were in the past, where care was provided, and how far the boundary between family and state or informal and organised institutions have changed over time.
Eleven international contributors provide a wide-ranging examination...
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Locus of Care: Families, Communities, Institutions, and the Provision of Welfare Since Antiquity

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Overview

The care of the needy and the sick is delivered by various groups including immediate family, the wider community, religious organisations and the State funded institutions. The Locus of Care provides an historical perspective on welfare detailing who carers were in the past, where care was provided, and how far the boundary between family and state or informal and organised institutions have changed over time.
Eleven international contributors provide a wide-ranging examination of themes, such as child care, mental health, and provision for the elderly and question the idea that there has been a recent evolutionary shift from informal provision to institutional care. Chapters on Europe and England use case studies and link evidence from ancient and medieval periods to contemporary problems and the recent past, whilst studies on China and South Africa look to the future of welfare throughout the world.
By placing welfare in its historical, social, cultural and demographic contexts, Locus of Care reassesses community and institutional care and the future expectations of welfare provision.
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Contains ten revised papers from a 1992 conference, plus one commissioned essay, challenging the notion of a simple linear shift from the family to the state as the chief provider of health care. Focusing on themes such as the limitations of household care and the pervasiveness of institutions, 11 international contributors show how varied the locus of care has been in Europe and the Mediterranean since antiquity and how varied it continues to be in other parts of the world. Paper edition (unseen), $24.99. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Notes on the contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Informal care: from ethnography to ancient history
1 Household Care and Informal Networks: Comparisons and Continuities from Antiquity to the Present 21
Pt. II Networks and institutions in western Europe, c. 1500-c. 1800
2 Networks of Care in Elizabethan English Towns: The Example of Hadleigh, Suffolk 71
3 Family Obligations and Inequalities in Access to Care in Northern Italy, Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries 90
4 Self-Help and Reciprocity in Parish Assistance: Bordeaux in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 111
5 Community Sponsorship and the Hospital Patient in Late Eighteenth-Century England 126
Pt. III Beyond the asylum: mental health in Britain, c. 1700-1939
6 The Household and the Care of Lunatics in Eighteenth-Century London 153
7 Familial Care of 'Idiot' Children in Victorian England 176
8 Community Care and the Control of Mental Defectives in Inter-War Britain 198
Pt. IV Children and the elderly in the twentieth century
9 Safeguarding the Health of the Community: Maternal and Infant Welfare Services in Four London Boroughs 1902-1936 219
10 Communities, 'Caring', and Institutions: Apartheid and Child Care in Cape Town Since 1948 239
11 Demographic Conditions, Microsimulation, and Family Support for the Elderly: Past, Present, and Future in China 259
Index 280
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