This chapter analyses the micro-politics at play in the assessment and disbursement of parish relief. In doing so, it both emphasizes the complexity and ambiguity of the relationships between the various participants — the labouring poor, the parish officers, the county magistrates, the itinerant judiciary — in the ‘welfare process’, and argues that this process involved protracted and often antagonistic negotiations between and among the sectional interests who had a stake in the allocation of resources in the local community. It also critiques two of the most popular paradigms in the current historiography of social welfare, which has recently become polarized between emphases on entitlement on the one hand and subordination on the other.
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