01/06 - NEIGHBOURS
The perfect blend?
In the past neighbours helped each other. They read and wrote for the illiterate, nursed the sick, lent money and cared for children. The poor were most likely to be enmeshed in these networks of mutual support, as neighbourly assistance mitigated the effects of poverty, disease and squalor. But once welfare bureaucracies began extending help to struggling households, neighbours were no longer expected to help out in every crisis. Their taxes paid the state to do it. Social workers, emergency…