Service and Savings in the Slums

Jill Rappoport

in Giving Women

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199772605
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919000 | DOI:
Service and Savings in the Slums

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In the London slums, women use gift exchange to create larger religious “sisterhoods” that then become their rationale for entering the very market that earlier authors reject. Analyzing periodicals and pamphlets from the Salvation Army’s early years (1870s–1880s), I argue that Slum Sisters’ writing reveals the intersections of gift and market economies, women’s growing desire to participate within both, their anxiety about the profits such participation entailed, and the politics of using gifts and markets to save their “sisters.”

Keywords: Salvation Army; London; Slum; Sister; giving; sacrifice; women

Chapter.  11505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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