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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which focuses on a congregation of Catholic nuns, originating in Amsterdam, who took care of neglected children and other vulnerable groups in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their initial name was Poor Sisters of the Divine Child, but they were widely known as Sisters of 'The Providence'. The main issue in the book is how to interpret and value the charitable care practice of Catholic sister congregations. It explains the theoretical approach and key concepts, as well as the hermeneutical function of Joan Tronto's theory of care in historical-ethical research of this kind. It then explores the standpoint of a care receiver based upon the biographical story of Roosje Vonk, a girl who grew up in an asylum run by the Poor Sisters. It investigates the societal position of girls and women in the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Catholic nuns; Charitable care practice; Joan Tronto; neglected children; Poor Sisters of the Divine Child; Sisters of 'The Providence'; vulnerable groups



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