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Hard and unreal advice : mothers, social science, and the Victorian poverty experts

Author: Kathleen Callanan Martin
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first detailed and systematic study of the social science of poverty as practiced by the Victorian experts who had so much influence on relief policy in this area, and who were among the founders of British social science. The book examines what they knew, or what they thought they knew, about the poor.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Callanan Martin
ISBN: 023020189X 9780230201897
OCLC Number: 190967299
Description: ix, 229 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: Victorian social science in a twentieth-century world --
Introduction to Victorian poverty studies --
Two royal commissions --
Protestant paradigms in Victorian poverty studies --
Political economy and the new poor law --
From political economy to social science --
Ignoble savages on relief: social Darwinism in late Victorian poverty studies --
Science and pseudoscience in Victorian and Edwardian poverty studies --
Three case studies in a priori social science --
Unanswered questions, unasked questions, and an experimental counter-hypothesis --
Why critique the Victorian social science of poverty?
Responsibility: Kathleen Callanan Martin.
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