The Register of Workers in a City as a Tooll of the Care for the Poor: The City of Brno as a Case Study

Authors

STOKLÁSKOVÁ Zdeňka

Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Poverty, Charity and Social Welfare in Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
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Field History
Keywords Austrian Empire; Social Welfare; Care for the poor; Register of Workers; 19th century
Description The metodological starting point of the study is an analysis of the police records of inhabitans, which function as a restrictive measure, i.e. as a tool used by municipalities in order to have as small a number of latently needy persons as possible. The targeted effort of municipalities (larger agglomerations) to keep the number of persons granted permanent residency in such cities at the absolute minimum is shown in the example of representative cases of wage workers in Brno and Olomouc. This tendency, a sort of "social indifference" towards the fate of "retired, old and useless" workers - who were often after a lifetime of work in the city forced to leave for their home rural communities, which had no means to look after them - was not unusual.
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