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Book review: Emmaus and Abbé Pierre: an alternative model of enterprise charity and society

Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
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  • Dc France
  • Hc Economic History And Conditions
  • Hn Social History And Conditions. Social Problems. Social Reform
  • Jz International Relations
  • Political Science


"Emmaus and Abbé Pierre: An Alternative Model of Enterprise Charity and Society." Axelle Brodiez-Dolino. Sciences-Po Les Presses. English Translation: Alexandra Harwood. April 2013. --- For the people of twentieth century France, Abbé Pierre personified the revolt against injustice and precarious living conditions. A judicious combination of priest and critic of the Church, he dispensed charity and political attack with equal effectiveness. This book explores his role and position within Emmaus. How did a tiny band of ragpickers, emerging from the detritus of post-war Paris, become one of the largest NGOs in France, and a significant and highly cost-effective social enterprise? Mary P. Murphy finds much of interest.

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