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Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

Virginia Crossman

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9781846319419
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781781381014
Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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This study focuses on the Irish poor law system, and the people who used it. Introduced in 1838, the Irish poor law established a nationwide system of poor relief that was administered and financed locally. This book provides the first detailed, comprehensive assessment of the ideological basis and practical operation of the poor law system in the post-Famine period. Contemporary understandings of poverty are analysed in conjunction with national and local relief practices to reveal the attitudes and responses of those both giving and receiving relief and the active relationship between them. The operation and administration of outdoor relief and indoor relief (within the workhouse) are subject to detailed examination and contextualised within the system as a whole. Local case studies are used to explore key issues such as entitlement and eligibility, as well as the treatment of particular groups such as the sick and infirm, lunatics, unmarried mothers and prostitutes, and vagrants. Approaching welfare as a process, the book provides a deeper and more wide ranging assessment of the Irish poor law than any previous study and represents a major milestone in Irish economic and social history.

Keywords: Ireland; Irish poor law; administration; poverty; welfare; poor relief; entitlement; workhouse; social history

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Concepts of Poverty and Poor Relief in Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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Context and Trends in Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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Outdoor Relief in Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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The Workhouse in Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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The Sick, Infirm and Lunatics in Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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Single Mothers and Prostitutes in Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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Mendicancy and Vagrancy in Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland 1850-1914

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