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Women and the Settlement Movement

Women and the Settlement Movement
Katherine Bentley Beauman

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"High thinking and plain living" is said to typify an elite segment of British society in the later-19th century and throughout much of the 20th. These qualities abounded in the intense and close network of personal, family and professional relationships among families with long-standing traditions of public service, and in industry, commerce and the professions, including the churches, medicine, the law, and in education and the universities. An outcome of this was the movement to establish "settlements" in deprived urban areas - largely in London. A list of those involved reads like a "Who's Who" of the great and good during this period - Gladstone, Jowett, Toynbee, the Webbs, Tawney, and on to the present day. Settlements were refuges and centres for social work. They provided help with home management, family care, work with children, education and training, health, sport and recreation. The impulse contributed to the establishment of the welfare state, and the work of the Settlement Movement, though overshadowed by the provision of state-run welfare in the late-20th century.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Pioneers: Octavia Hill;
  • the Barnetts and the Toynbees;
  • Toynbee Hall and the London School of Economics;
  • young wives at Oxbridge. Part 2 Some settlers, social work and training: Blackfriars Women's University Settlement in Southwark;
  • from Cheltenham and Oxford to London's East End;
  • Lady Margaret Hall Settlement in Lambeth;
  • time and talents - Peckham and Katherine Low Settlements;
  • Mrs Humphry Ward and Mrs Mandell Creighton. Part 3 In Britain and abroad: the Second World War and the Welfare State;
  • Victorian and other Settlements with the British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centre;
  • Dame Eileen Younghusband and Community Service today. Appendices: BASSAC members;
  • Women's University Settlement;
  • Settlement members of BASSAC in 1984.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Radcliffe Press
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781860641299
Publication Date: 14 Sep 1996
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: halftones, bibliography, index

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