Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2016

256 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9781781381397

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Funding Philanthropy

Dr. Barnardo, Metaphor, Narrative and Spectacle

Susan Ash

Liverpool University Press

  • The book is the only scholarly monograph that focuses on Dr Barnardo's philanthropic practices in contrast to existing research that examined Barnardo as one of many child 'rescuers' in the wider context of child philanthropy
  • The book takes up where other research culminates, to focus not on the charismatic, personal character of Dr Barnardo, but rather on his practices that led to the global phenomenon associated with his name and child rescue
  • The book's structural concepts: metaphor, narrative and spectacle, set this discussion apart from other publications on Barnardo, considering how each operated as promotional 'lures' in a globalised charity market
  • Where other scholars have considered child rescue and reform rhetoric an exemplar of melodrama, this book investigates how notions associated with the Gothic explain Barnardo's attempts to make sense of, and to package a discursive version of the 'nightmare' that threatened English social order