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On the Parish?: The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England C. 1550-1750 (Oxford Studies in Social History)

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On the Parish? is a study of the negotiations which took place over the allocation of poor relief in the rural communities of sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth century England. It analyzes the relationships between the enduring systems of informal support through which the laboring poor made attempts to survive for themselves; the expanding range of endowed charity encouraged by the late sixteenth century statutes for charitable uses; and the developing system of parish relief coordinated under the Elizabethan poor laws.

Based on exhaustive research in the archives of the trustees who administered endowments, of the overseers of the poor who assessed rates and distributed pensions, of the magistrates who audited and coordinated relief and of the royal judges who played such an important role in interpreting the Elizabethan statutes, the book reconstructs the hierarchy of provision of relief as it was experienced among the poor themselves. It argues that receipt of a parish pension was only the final (and by no means the inevitable) stage in a protracted process of negotiation between prospective pensioners (or "collectioners," as they came to be called) and parish officers. This running theme is itself reflected in a series of chapters whose sequence seeks to mirror the experience of indigence, moving gradually (and by stages) from the networks of care provided by kin and neighbors into the bureaucracy of the parish relief system, emphasizing in particular the importance of labor discipline in the thinking of parish officers.

By illuminating the workings of a relief system in which notions of entitlement were both under-developed and contested, On the Parish? provides historical perspective for contemporary debates about the rights and obligations of the poor in a society where the dismantling of the welfare state implies that there is, once again, no right to relief from cradle to grave.

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On the Parish? is a study of the experience of poor relief in the rural parishes of early modern England. It explores the relationships of paupers not only to the parish officers who administered the Elizabethan poor laws but also to their kinfolk and neighbours who continued to provide extensive networks of informal support.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Poverty Beyond Public Policy

1. Shift

2. Dole

3. Work

4. Collection

5. Exclusion

6. Negotiation

Conclusion: The Changing Experience of Parish Relief

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199271320
Author:
Hindle, Steve
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Author:
null, Steve
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
History, World | British
Subject:
Public welfare -- England -- History.
Subject:
Poor -- England -- History.
Subject:
World History-England General
Series:
Oxford Studies in Social History
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
532
Dimensions:
5.6 x 8.7 x 1.4 in 1.694 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , On the Parish? is a study of the experience of poor relief in the rural parishes of early modern England. It explores the relationships of paupers not only to the parish officers who administered the Elizabethan poor laws but also to their kinfolk and neighbours who continued to provide extensive networks of informal support.
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