Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alan Kidd
    Pages 1-7
  3. Alan Kidd
    Pages 8-64
  4. Alan Kidd
    Pages 65-108
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-207

About this book


Today it is impossible to separate discussion of poverty from the priorities of state welfare. A hundred years ago, most working-class households avoided or coped with poverty without recourse to the state. The Poor Law after 1834 offered little more than a 'safety net' for the poorest, and much welfare was organised through charitable societies, self-help institutions and mutual-aid networks. Rather than look for the origins of modern provision, the author casts a searching light on the practices, ideology and outcomes of nineteenth-century welfare. This original and stimulating study, based upon a wealth of scholarship, is essential reading for all students of poverty and welfare. It also contains much to interest a wider readership.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUK

About the authors

ALAN KIDD is Reader in History at Manchester Metropolitan University. His previous publications include Manchester, The Making of the British Middle Class and Gender, Civic Culture and Consumerism.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title State, Society and the Poor
  • Book Subtitle In Nineteenth-Century England
  • Authors A. Kidd
  • Series Title Social History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-63253-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-63254-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27613-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social History
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