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Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain: The Disinherited Spirit

Frank Prochaska


This book examines the importance of Christianity as an inspiration for political and social behaviour in the nineteenth century, and the forces that undermined both religion and charity in the twentieth. The waning of religion and the growth of government responsibility for social provision were closely intertwined. The book shows how the creation of the modern British state undermined religious belief and customs of associational citizenship. Through a study of four areas of social provision – education, visiting, infant welfare, and nursing – it unravels the complex evolving relationship be ... More

Keywords: Christianity, religion, charity, philanthropy, voluntarism, education, visiting, nursing, democracy, citizenship

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199539796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Prochaska, author
Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer, Yale University
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