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Parish and Belonging: Community, Identity and Welfare in England and Wales, 1700-1950 Paperback – 7 May 2009


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  • Paperback: 556 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521110750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521110754
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Parish and Belonging is a fine work of rural history by a masterful practitioner, rethinking, reconstructing, (gently) challenging, and dazzling at every turn of the page.' Agricultural History Review

'…this ambitious work remains full of fascinating material and provocative insights.' Southern History Society

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A major study of local identities across early modern and modern British history. Professor Snell re-examines senses of community and belonging through literature, legislation, folklore, etc. and suggests that the parish identity continued to play a central part in people's lives long after the supposed transition to the nation.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DVD David on 4 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Professor Snell's Parish and Belonging is a thought provoking historical study.

It focusses on the concept of "belonging" to a particular parish or area in England since the 18th century and examines this idea by looking at topics such as the extent to which people chose to marry spouses from within or from outside their own parish, the rivalry and disputes between parishes, and the way in which gravestones in churchyards used to place great emphasis on where the deceased lived and how this practice gradually died out [forgive the pun] during the 20th century.

One particuarly interesting feature of the book is the way in which Professor Snell looks at the much overlooked "outdoor relief" aspect of the English Poor Law and how it relates to feelings of community and parish belonging. Mention the words "Poor Law" and most people automatically think of the worhouse and Oliver Twist asking for more. In fact most poor relief - the predecessor of modern social security benefits - was provided by parishes without use of the hated workhouse.

"Parish and Belonging" will probably not appeal to the general reader, as it is an academic work, although it is by no means a dull read. For anyone interested in local history or social history and the way in which ordinary people felt about the area in which they lived and how they related to it, it is a thought provoking read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Ramsey on 12 Dec. 2006
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I truly like the presentation, especially the choice of font and type size as compared to `Annals of the Labouring Poor' and 'Rival Jerusalems'; it brings the words to the reader as opposed to chasing them. Following this last thought, I greatly appreciated the headings within the chapters noting that some even had introductions and conclusions. This was a nice touch. Some headings were actually conclusions within themselves and the writing that followed illuminated them creating variety within other chapters. This work will be read, quoted, and referenced for years to come. There has never been anything else like it in print and it speaks to a wider audience than most. Reading it is most humbling. My first reaction was `wow', but upon reflection, it is more appropriately, Thank You.
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I truly like the presentation, especially the choice of font and type size as compared to `Annals of the Labouring Poor' and 'Rival Jerusalems'; it brings the words to the reader as opposed to chasing them. Following this last thought, I greatly appreciated the headings within the chapters noting that some even had introductions and conclusions. This was a nice touch. Some headings were actually conclusions within themselves and the writing that followed illuminated them creating variety within other chapters. This work will be read, quoted, and referenced for years to come. There has never been anything else like it in print and it speaks to a wider audience than most. Reading it is most humbling. My first reaction was `wow', but upon reflection, it is more appropriately, Thank You.
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