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Serving ‘the Cause’: Cecil Jackson-Cole and the professionalization of charity in post-war Britain*

Field, J; (2020) Serving ‘the Cause’: Cecil Jackson-Cole and the professionalization of charity in post-war Britain*. Historical Research , 93 (260) pp. 379-397. 10.1093/hisres/htaa008.

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between faith, business and charity in mid to late twentieth-century Britain by examining the work of Cecil Jackson-Cole, co-founder of Oxfam, founder of Help the Aged, ActionAid and many other charities. Jackson-Cole’s approach to ‘building-up’ a charity accelerated the ongoing professionalization of the sector. This did not, however, represent a complete break from the Christian charity ethos of the past. By examining Jackson-Cole’s faith and its influence on his charity business network and practices, it is possible to see an enduring symbiotic relationship between faith and professionalization in organized charity across the twentieth century.

Type: Article
Title: Serving ‘the Cause’: Cecil Jackson-Cole and the professionalization of charity in post-war Britain*
DOI: 10.1093/hisres/htaa008
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/hisres/htaa008
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10100162
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