Politics, pauperism and power in late nineteenth-century Ireland; Half Title Page; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The poor law system in nineteenth-century Ireland; 2 Poor law boards and the advance of Irish nationalism; 3 Poor relief and the prosecution of the land campaign; 4 Famine echoes: the relief of distress; 5 Labourersâ#x80;#x99; cottages: the poor law system as an engine of social change; 6 Domestic politics: women and poor law administration; Conclusion; Select bibliography; Index.
This is a study of the nature and operation of the Irish poor law system in the post-famine period. It traces the expansion of the system to encompass a wide range of welfare services, and explains the ideological and political context in which expansion took place. The only local government bodies in rural areas to include elected members, poor law boards provided many Irish nationalists with their first experience of administrative power. As the influence of the nationalist guardians in the south and west grew, so the character of poor law administration in these areas began to change. Cross.
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