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This account of poor relief, charity, and social welfare in Germany from the Reformation through World War I integrates historical narrative and theoretical analysis of such issues as social discipline, governmentality, gender, religion, and state-formation. It analyses the changing cultural frameworks through which the poor came to be considered as needy; the institutions, strategies, and practices devised to assist, integrate, and discipline these populations; and the political alchemy through which the needs of the individual were reconciled with those of the community. While the Bismarckian social insurance programs have long been regarded as the origin of the German welfare state, this book shows how preventive social welfare programs - the second pillar of the welfare state - evolved out of traditional poor relief, and it emphasises the role of progressive reformers and local, voluntary initiative in this process and the impact of competing reform discourses on both the social domain and the public sphere.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521506038
ISBN-10: 0521506034
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Larry Frohman

Larry Frohman has been Assistant Professor of History, State University of New York at Stony Brook since 2002. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley with a dissertation on the German philosopher Wilhelm DIlthey, and he has published several articles relating to social hygiene, social welfare, and the welfare state.