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Welfare System
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[German Version]

I. Terminology

The term welfare system, which goes back to the workers’ welfare associations of the 19th century, covers a variety of endeavors. Distinct from poor relief (Poor, Care of the) and private charity, it denotes the broad area of social work, social assistance, and welfare work within the framework of the modern social state. The welfare system embodies the purpose of the social state, “which a…

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Strohm, Theodor, “Welfare System”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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