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Victorian Poverty Debates in the 1880s: from charity to welfare by Dr Geoff Ginn
October 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The sensational newspaper treatment of London poverty, crime and violence in the 1880s inspired many responses. While some favoured compulsory emigration for ‘undesirables’ or sterilisation of the ‘unfit’, other more moderate voices proposed schemes that laid a foundation for modern social work and welfare services in Britain and abroad. In this talk, UQ historian Associate Professor Geoff Ginn will explore the vivid and often lurid social debates of the 1880s, and explain their long-term significance in prompting ideas of collective welfare and social inclusion.
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