volume 31, issue 4, P719-752 1983
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954x.1983.tb00728.x
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Abstract: From 1836 almost until his death in 1903 Spencer wrote frequently on welfare matters, producing what must be counted as a major anempt at a sociological perspective on them. Yet this extensive body of literature has unaccountably not been examined thoroughly. This article attempts to remedy this state of affairs. It seeks to establish the nature of his comments on the many matters which attracted his attention. These include the Poor Law, sanitary reform, the rights of women and children, voluntary organisati…

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