Poverty and Sickness in Modern Europe: Narratives of the by Andreas Gestrich, Elizabeth Hurren, Steven King

By Andreas Gestrich, Elizabeth Hurren, Steven King

This ebook offers a certainly pan-European research of pauper narratives, concentrating on the studies of the in poor health terrible in England, France, Germany, eire, Luxembourg, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales. The contributions spotlight the price of pauper narratives for exploring the company, rhetoric and stories of the bad and in poor health bad, considerably bettering our figuring out of the ways that nationwide and nearby welfare structures operated. through foregrounding the actual reports and techniques of the ailing negative, this quantity is helping to set up and comprehend the significant sentiments of the relaxation process and the middle stories of these lower than its care. What emerges is an illustration that how a reduction method handled its unwell negative and the way these ill terrible have been capable of navigate the procedure tells us extra approximately welfare heritage than research of the other staff.

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Denmark was a typical estate society where the population was grouped in relatively separated estates. In many respects the gentry, middle classes and the common people did not mix with each other and had very few shared values. On the other hand, among those of equal estate there is considerable evidence of common cultural values coalescing around shared conceptions of honour, respectability and reputation which were the foundation stones of so-called ‘horizontal honour groups’. For example, shared notions of honour existed within the communities of the artisans, the military and the gentry.

Common people by definition were not as sensible as the higher estates. These themes have close resonance with the way that paupers were represented in newspapers at times of crisis, as Beate Althammer suggests in her contribution to this volume. The narratives of the shamefaced poor in many cases tell the story of emotional responses to the experience of being impoverished. This experience is often portrayed as outright depression, a familiar theme from the chapters by Georgina Laragy and Alannah Tomkins.

Tantamount to an evaluation of [the author’s] claim to manhood’. In this sense, some pauper letters were more than simply appeals, and instead represented a claim to the very humanity of the official who received them. Such claims, however, betray the liminal status of this particular group of paupers and the opaque conventions that 26 Poverty and Sickness in MOdern Europe determined how they should apply for relief. Tamara Stazic-Wendt suggests that a similar set of conclusions might be applied to the sick unemployed of early twentieth-century Germany.

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