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

Lorie Charlesworth

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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 Past remedies 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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Lorie Charlesworth
Forlag
Taylor & Francis
ISBN 9780415685788
Antall sider 244 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 1,3cm
Vekt 367 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social welfare & social services, Poverty & unemployment, Legal history, Social security & welfare law