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Title: The manifestations of the Irish Poor Law ideologies in Ulster workhouses, 1838-1855
Author: Thomas, Elizabeth Anne
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis investigated whether the governing ideologies of the Poor Law Act (Ireland) 1834 were physically manifested in Wilkinson's workhouse. The new poor laws of the nineteenth century were a system based on ideologies associated with Adam Smith's laissez-faire and those of Jeremy Bentham and Thomas Malthus. The workhouse was the instrument of the new Poor Law Act through which the policies of the government were executed. The principal objective of this thesis was to identify the governing ideologies of the period and to see whether these ideologies were reflected in the workhouse plan. This research, through the use of archaeology and historical records, investigated whether the struggles around the Poor Law were reflected in the workhouse building. There were several struggles. The Poor Law Commissioners struggled against the guardians, the guardians struggled to implement the Law and the workhouse inmates struggled against the system. This study also considered whether Wilkinson's standard plan was an effective instrument for the implementation of the Poor Law principle policies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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