The history of welfare provision has generally focused on the rise
of the so-called welfare state and institutional provision for the
poor. Recent studies have begun to look beyond the state to other
ways in which assistance, care, and support were provided in the
past, but the focus remains primarily on the poor. This work widens
our understanding of welfare by focusing not on the poor but on
those who have some wealth. It draws attention to the importance of
family as part of a mixed economy of welfare provision that also
incorporates the state, the market, and the voluntary sector.This
book offers an exciting new approach to the history of welfare by
focusing attention on the complex range of sources of support drawn
on to meet family needs. The chapters highlight the significance of
the family as a link in in the provision of assistance. They also
focus on the role played by gender relations in shaping welfare
strategies. An extensive introduction is followed by ten chapters
presenting detailed studies of the provision of family welfare
across western Europe and the United States over the past four
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||Contributions in Family Studies
David R. Green
• Alastair Owens
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