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Religion, Society, and Culture in ColombiaMedellín and Antioquia, 1850-1930$
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Patricia Londoño-Vega

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249534.001.0001

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A Plethora of Charity Societies

A Plethora of Charity Societies

(p.164) 5 A Plethora of Charity Societies
Religion, Society, and Culture in Colombia

Patricia Londoño-Vega

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the foundation of several philanthropic associations and entities for the purpose of assisting the sick; collection of alms for the needy; protection and teaching of widows, orphans, and the aged; and the burial of the poor. It adds that charity hospitals and welfare institutions in Antioquia increased in direct response to the demands resulting from the rapid urbanisation and industrialisation of the Aburrá valley. It explains that these organisations constructed bridges between social classes.

Keywords:   philanthropic associations, corporal works of mercy, urbanisation, industrialisation, social classes

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