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Trust among strangers : friendly societies in modern Britain

Author: Penelope Ismay
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the internal migration of a growing population transformed Britain into a "society of strangers". The coming and going of so many people wreaked havoc on the institutions through which Britons had previously addressed questions of collective responsibility. Poor relief, charity briefs, box clubs, and the like relied on personal knowledge of reputations for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Penelope Ismay
ISBN: 9781108472524 1108472524 9781108459945 1108459943
OCLC Number: 1029205049
Description: xii, 217 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: new beginnings --
Friendly society before friendly societies --
Friendly societies and the meaning of the new poor law --
The battle between savings banks and friendly societies --
Trusting institutions: making the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Manchester Unity --
Trusting numbers: sociability and actuarial science in the Manchester Unity --
Epilogue: alternative endings.
Responsibility: Penelope Ismay (Boston College).

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Friendly societies provided mutual aid to many working class Britons during the nineteenth century. But these societies were just one iteration of a larger conceptual mode of organizing reciprocity.  Read more...

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