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Powerful and empowering care: Confession and charity

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'Religion' as a determining or co-determining factor in the benevolent actions of women has not been the subject of much research. A favourable exception is the study of Van Drenth and De Haan, The Rise of Caring Power, about the philanthropy of two Protestant ladies, Elizabeth Fry and Josephine Butler. In this book, the interconnection between religion, class, care and gender is linked to 'caring power', a concept based on Foucault. They offer a critique of the thesis of the civilisation offensive and rise above Model 1 of charity as one-way action by pointing out the constructive aspect of charitable care. This chapter deals briefly with long passages from The Rise of Caring Power, and elaborates on details that author find significant. It especially reviews the theoretical argumentation about the concept of 'caring power' and the discussion about religion and denomination.

Keywords: charitable care; charity; confession; denomination; Protestant ladies; religion; The Rise of Caring Power; Van Drenth and De Haan



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