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Author Frohman, Larry.

Title Poor relief and welfare in Germany from the Reformation to World War I / Larry Frohman
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (x, 257 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Discipline, community, and the 16th-century origins of modern poor relief -- 2. The rise and fall of the workhouse: poor relief and social policy in the age of absolutism -- 3. Pauperism, moral reform, and visions of civil society, 1800-1870 -- 4. The state, the market, and the regulation of poor relief, 1830-1870 -- 5. The assistantial double helix: poor relief, social insurance, and the political economy of poor relief, 1830-1870 -- 6. New voices: citizenship, social reform, and the origins of modern social work in Imperial Germany -- 7. The social perspective on need and the origins of modern social welfare -- 8. From fault to risk: changing strategies of assistance to the jobless in Imperial Germany
Summary This account of poor relief, charity, and social welfare in Germany from the Reformation through World War I integrates historical narrative and theoretical analysis of such issues as social discipline, governmentality, gender, religion, and state-formation. It analyses the changing cultural frameworks through which the poor came to be considered as needy; the institutions, strategies, and practices devised to assist, integrate, and discipline these populations; and the political alchemy through which the needs of the individual were reconciled with those of the community. While the Bismarckian social insurance programs have long been regarded as the origin of the German welfare state, this book shows how preventive social welfare programs - the second pillar of the welfare state - evolved out of traditional poor relief, and it emphasises the role of progressive reformers and local, voluntary initiative in this process and the impact of competing reform discourses on both the social domain and the public sphere
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Charities -- Germany -- History.
Poor -- Services for -- Government policy -- Germany -- History.
Poor -- Services for -- Germany -- History.
Public welfare -- Germany -- History.
Germany -- Politics and government.
Germany -- Social policy -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 051142969X (electronic bk.)
0511511795 (ebook)
0521506034 (hardback)
9780511429699 (electronic bk.)
9780511511790 (ebook)
9780521506038 (hardback)