Swept up from the Streets or Nowhere Else to Go? The Journeys of Dutch Female Beggars and Vagrants to the Oegstgeest State Labor Institution in the Late Nineteenth Century

December 2012
Journal of Social History;Winter2012, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p416
Academic Journal
Case Study
The case study explores why Dutch women considered vagrants and beggars were confined in the late-19th century Dutch State Labor Institution, or Rijkswerkinrichting, through an investigation of these women's social backgrounds. The author determines that the overwhelming majority of women held in the institution were elderly, ill, and from the Netherlands' lowest class, and concludes that many women may have therefore used such confinement as a survival strategy.


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