Hard And Unreal Advice: Mothers, Social Science and the Victorian Poverty Experts

Hardcover | May 15, 2008

byKathleen Martin

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This is the first detailed and systematic study of the social science of poverty as practiced by the Victorian experts who had so much influence on relief policy in this area, and who were among the founders of British social science. The book examines what they knew, or what they thought they knew, about the poor.

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This is the first detailed and systematic study of the social science of poverty as practiced by the Victorian experts who had so much influence on relief policy in this area, and who were among the founders of British social science. The book examines what they knew, or what they thought they knew, about the poor.

KATHLEEN C. MARTIN is Professor in the College of General Studies at Boston University. Drawing on her background in both sociology and history, she examines in her research the interplay of culture, theory and methodology in social science. She received her MA in Sociology from Ohio State University and her PhD in Comparative History...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023020189X

ISBN - 13:9780230201897

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Victorian Social Science in a Twentieth-Century World * Introduction to Victorian Poverty Studies * Two Royal Commissions * Protestant Paradigms in Victorian Poverty Studies * Political Economy and the New Poor Law * From Political Economy to Social Science * Ignoble Savages on Relief: Social Darwinism in Late Victorian Poverty Studies * Science and Pseudoscience in Victorian and Edwardian Poverty Studies * Three Case Studies in a priori Social Science * Unanswered Questions, Unasked Questions, and an Experimental Counter-Hypothesis * Why Critique the Victorian Social Science of Poverty? * Notes * Bibliography * Index

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"Martin's concise study of Victorian and Edwardian poverty experts is both a revisionist history of ideas and a call for rethinking public policy in the 21st century... Recommended." —CHOICE