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The Rise of Caring Power: Elizabeth Fry and Josephine Butler in Britain and the Netherlands
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The Rise of Caring Power: Elizabeth Fry and Josephine Butler in Britain and the Netherlands (Paperback)

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This original study discusses the role of women in developing and dispersing caring power and, vice-versa, the role of caring power in constituting 'women' as modern social subjects, processes which began around 1800. Based on the historian-/philosopher Foucault's concept of pastoral power, "caring power" also takes into account the vital role played by gender. Both humanitarian and religious motives fostered the ideal of serving the well-being of individual 'others' and thereby the interest of society as a whole. With the rise of caring power, this book argues, women began to feel responsible for 'those of their own sex' and to organize themselves in all-female organizations. In the process they carved out new gender identities for themselves and the women in their care. The authors illustrate this profound historical change with the work of the reformers Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) and Josephine Butler (1828-1906) and trace their impact in Britain and the Netherlands.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesFeminism & feminist theory Publisher: Amsterdam University Press Publication Date: 01/01/1999 ISBN-13: 9789053563854  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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|Francisca de Haan is a research fellow at the Netherlands Economic History Archive and she is affiliated with the International Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement (IIAV) in Amsterdam. She is a board member of the International Federation for Research in Women's History. She wrote Sekse op Kantoor (1992) and various articles on Dutch women's history. She is also co-editor of the Dutch-Belgian Journal of Social History.

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