Poor Citizens: The State and the Poor in Twentieth Century Britain (Studies in Modern History)

Vincent, David

Published by Longman Group United Kingdom, 1991
ISBN 10: 0582084512 / ISBN 13: 9780582084513
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Synopsis: "Poor Citizens" is an examination of the evolving relationship between different categories of citizenship since 1900. The book begins with related introduction of mass suffrage and mass welfare before and after World War I, and concludes with a discussion of the relations between the poor and the state under Mrs Thatcher. It argues that during the 20th century there has been a significant section of the population who have remained, in a double sense, poor citizens, unable to enjoy a minimum standard of living and at the same time incapable of fully exercising their associated legal and political rights. The analysis describes how these twin failings have been mutually reinforcing. Whilst the growth of the modern democratic state has deeply influenced the experience of poverty since 1900, the relationship between them has been less consistently beneficial than once was hoped. The more the state has distributed in the name of the poor, the more it has denied the poor control over its disbursement. The poor have been excluded from effective political participation partly by the lack of morale and resources contingent on their position, and partly by their prior and continuing exclusion from the agencies of organized labour which alone could have provided a vehicle for their protests. Lacking the means to give a voice to their political citizenship, they have been exposed to forms of bureaucratic welfare which have denied them the dignity and status essential to their social citizenship.

Review: 'All those who teach about poverty xxx; have at some time or another bewailed the lack of a good historical study of poverty in the twentieth century. David Vincent has now filled this gap with this splendid volume. It will become essential reading for teachers and students and anyone interested in the history or politics of the present century'.Sociology

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Publisher: Longman Group United Kingdom
Publication Date: 1991
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