Skolebespisning 1891-1914: Et velfærdstiltag mellem privat velgørenhed og den gryende velfærdsstat

Uffe Fjelstrup Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this study, I examine the City Council’s debates on school meals in Copenhagen 1891-1914. This was a period, when a private organization – Foreningen for Friskolebørns Bespisning – which had been providing school meals for poor children since the early 1880s, was increasingly funded by the municipality. By using the printed protocols of The City Council’s debates as a source, I examine the arguments for and against school meals, paying special attention to the Council-members’ notions of family and poverty, and also asking how these notions can be seen as influenced by political compromises. I conclude that there was a shared notion of family between both proponents and opponents of school meals. This was a middleclass notion shared also with private charity and brought unopposed into the welfare state as a widely accepted discourse. Notions of poverty, in contrast, were fundamentally opposed to each other and remained so, even though in effect, the opponent’s notions were influenced, as the proponents gained the majority, and a compromise was made to see school meals as an initiative to enhance the effects of public education.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato8 jan. 2013
VejledereMichael Kjeldsen


  • privat velgørenhed
  • familie
  • København
  • Søren Kolstrup
  • filantropi
  • Socialdemokratiet
  • Københavns Borgerrepræsentation
  • Københavns Kommune
  • velfærdsstat
  • Karin Lützen
  • fattigdom
  • Foreningen for Friskolebørns Bespisning
  • skolebespisning