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End of the Irish Poor Law? : Welfare and Healthcare Reform in Revolutionary and Independent Ireland

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This book examines Irish poor law reform during the years of the Irish revolution and Irish Free State. This work is a significant addition to the growing historiography of twentieth-century Ireland which moves beyond political history. It demonstrates that concepts of respectability, deservingness, social class, and gender where central dynamics in Irish society. This book provides the first major study of local welfare practices, policies, and attitudes towards poverty and the poor in this era.This book's exploration of the poor law during revolutionary Ireland provides fresh and original insights into this critical juncture in Irish history. It charts the transformation of the former workhouse system into a network of local authority welfare and healthcare institutions including county homes, county and hospital hospitals, and mother and baby homes. It makes an important contribution to not just historiographical understandings, but also contemporary debates on institutions in Ireland's past. New insights into medical history and hospital care are also provided.It's based on under-utilised local and central government records and reveals not just the attitudes of the poor relief officials, but also sheds much light on the poor and how people engaged with the system. The book is also comparative in context and places the Irish experience of poor relief reform against the backdrop of wider transnational trends.This work has multiple audiences and will appeal to those interested in Irish social, culture, economic and political history. The book will also appeal to historians of welfare, the poor law, and the social history of medicine.
Number of Pages: 218.0
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Author: Donnacha Seu00e1n Lucey
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2015
TCIN: 50107205
UPC: 9780719087578
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-4086

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