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Mennonite mutual aid and the concept of social welfare : a case study of the Bergthaler Waisenamt and the co-operative movement in the Rhineland Municipality

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dc.contributor.author Hildebrand, Hilda Anne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-03T19:12:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-03T19:12:18Z
dc.date.issued 1989-08-01-01:09T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier ocm72753209 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3591
dc.description.abstract This study is an endeavour to understand the notion of Mennonite welfare and to examine whether the traditional value of meeting needs through mutual aid remained fundamentally intact for the Mennonites who emigrated from Russia during the 1870's to settle in the area known as the Municipality of Rhineland in Manitoba. The origin and development of Mennonite mutual aid is traced as a means of determining how Mennonites defined need and the subsequent welfare institutions that they developed to meet their socially recognized needs. To gain a greater insight into their definition of need, Mishra's model of welfare is applied. Several environmental factors are identified as having a significant impact on the methods whereby the community was able to organize itself, thus ultimately affecting the manner in which the practice of mutual aid could manifest itself. The case studies explore whether the institutions developed congruently with a traditional ethic of shared responsibility or whether the institutions reflect a fundamental shift in the Mennonite philosophy of meeting needs. The author concludes that the Mennonites living in the Rhineland Municipality retained the essence of their value of meeting needs through mutual aid and that their ethic of shared responsibility remained intact until at least 1945. en_US
dc.format.extent viii, 277 leaves : en_US
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dc.language en en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.rights The reproduction of this thesis has been made available by authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research, and may only be reproduced and copied as permitted by copyright laws or with express written authorization from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.title Mennonite mutual aid and the concept of social welfare : a case study of the Bergthaler Waisenamt and the co-operative movement in the Rhineland Municipality en_US
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) en_US


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