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Title: The friendly planet : friendly societies and fraternal associations around the English-speaking world, 1840-1925
Author: Downing, Arthur Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 6346 6801
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2015
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Friendly societies and fraternal associations were self-governing convivial clubs that provided members with mutual aid in case of sickness or death. Over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries they blossomed around the English speaking world, attracting millions of members. Combining archival research and quantitative methods, this thesis is the first multi-national economic history of the friendly societies and fraternal associations. How effective were these organisations as insurers? Were they able to overcome the problems of moral hazard and adverse selection? Were they significant in generating 'social capital'? How were they affected by the emergence the welfare state?
Supervisor: Belich, James Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fraternal organizations--History--19th century ; Fraternal organizations--History--20th century ; English-speaking countries ; Economic history--1750-1918 ; Great Britain--Colonies--Social conditions--19th century