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Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-408) and index.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter One: A History of Care; Chapter Two: Caring for Roosje; Chapter Three: Men in Association: Class and Charity; Chapter Four: Ladies and Housemaids: Gender and Charity; Chapter Five: Powerful and Empowering Care: Confession and Charity; Chapter Six: From the Viewpoint of Care Receivers; Chapter Seven: The Care Vision in the Normative Texts; Chapter Eight: Caring for the Children of God; Chapter Nine: The Making of Charitable History; Chapter Ten: The Ethics of Charitable Care.
Analyses the practice of Catholic nuns in Amsterdam in the 19th and 20th century. This book focuses on the ambiguous ascetic spiritual discourse that underpinned their work: it encouraged charity as solidarity with strangers, but caused intense emotional distance too.
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