Destitution, desperation and delinquency. Female petitions to the London Refuge for the Destitute 1805-1830

King, Pete (2006). Destitution, desperation and delinquency. Female petitions to the London Refuge for the Destitute 1805-1830. In: Gestrich, A; King, S and Raphael, L eds. Being Poor in Modern Europe: Institutions, Surveillance and Experiences. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 157–178.

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Abstract

This chapter attempts to add a new dimension to our understanding of the urban poor by exploring a hitherto untouched and virtually unknown source of pauper narratives, those arising from the petitions, written statements and oral requests addressed to the board of The London Refuge for The Destitute in the early years of the nineteenth century.

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