Cultures of Care: Domestic Welfare, Discipline and the Church of Scotland, c. 1600–1689

Langley, Chris R. (2020). Cultures of Care: Domestic Welfare, Discipline and the Church of Scotland, c. 1600–1689. Leiden: Brill.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004427389

Abstract

Cultures of Care: Domestic Welfare, Discipline and the Church of Scotland, c. 1600–1689 explores voluntary networks of charity and their interaction with the Reformed Church of Scotland. Whereas most previous histories have assessed the growth of institutional charity, this book contends that the Reformed Church of Scotland was heavily reliant on informal, domestic modes of self-help throughout the seventeenth century. The existence and widespread acceptance of informal care dramatically changes our understanding of the impact of the Calvinist Reformation. Local ecclesiastical and secular leaders did not have a concerted policy to affect or ameliorate informal networks of care. Reformed authorities were members of these networks, as well as agents to police them, collapsing distinctions between informal and formal modes of Calvinist authority.

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