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On the Parish?The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England c.1550-1750$
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Steve Hindle

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271320

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271320.001.0001

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(p.361) 6 Negotiation
On the Parish?

Steve Hindle (Contributor Webpage)

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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.

Keywords:   parish relief, poor, social welfare, assessment, disbursement, parish officers

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