The Rise of Caring Power

Elizabeth Fry and Josephine Butler in Britain and the Netherlands

Annemieke van Drenth and Francisca de Haan

The Rise of Caring Power
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Annemieke van Drenth and Francisca de Haan

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

304 pages | illustrated | © 2000
Paper $34.75 ISBN: 9789053563854 Published June 2000 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This original study discusses the role of women in developing and dispersing caring power and, vice-versa, the role of caring power in constituting 'women' as modern social subjects, processes which began around 1800. Based on the historian-/philosopher Foucault's concept of pastoral power, "caring power" also takes into account the vital role played by gender. Both humanitarian and religious motives fostered the ideal of serving the well-being of individual 'others' and thereby the interest of society as a whole.

With the rise of caring power, this book argues, women began to feel responsible for 'those of their own sex' and to organize themselves in all-female organizations. In the process they carved out new gender identities for themselves and the women in their care.

The authors illustrate this profound historical change with the work of the reformers Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) and Josephine Butler (1828-1906) and trace their impact in Britain and the Netherlands.

Part One
Chapter 1, Introduction
Chapter 2, 'Prayer without Ation is Mockery'" Humanitarianism, Protestantism, the Women's Movement
Part Two
Chapter 3, Elizabeth Fry: Life and Work, Religious Inspiration, Caring Power
Chapter 4, Josephoine Butler: Life and Work, Religious Inspiration, Caring Power
Part Three
Chapter 5, Following in Fry's Footsteps: The Dutch Case
Chapter 6, Dutch Abolitionism and Butler's Crusade: From Steenbeek to teh Protection of Girls
Chapter 7, The Rise of Caring Power: Conclusinos
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Primary Sources General
Bibliography of Elizabeth Fry
Bibliography of Josephine Butler
About the Authors
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