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Dr Daniel Weinbren

Dr Daniel Weinbren works in Social Sciences. His most recent book is ‘The Open University. A history’ can be purchased for £12. Profits go to the student charity, the OU Students Educational Trust. www.open.ac.uk/ousa/shop-ousa

Biography

Dr Daniel Weinbren is writing the history of The Open University and welcomes ideas, images and communications on the subject via http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/History-of-the-OU/.

He has published extensively about the histories of organisations and local business and has written much about fraternity, with particular reference to trust, loyalty and reciprocity. This has involved work on charities, friendly societies and the Labour Party. His teaching materials have been about the First World War, virtual heritage and the changing roles of families in the UK. He has been the recipient of 13 grants from a variety of bodies including the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation. He is the founder and chair of the international Friendly Societies Research Group and he set up and ran the Labour Oral History Project for over a decade.

His most recent book, The Oddfellows. 200 years of making friends and helping people, Carnegie, Lancaster, 2010, ‘fills an important and neglected aspect of our social and economic life ... an invaluable source of information’ (Journal of Co-operative Studies). It has been called ‘a detailed and important history’ (Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism). His analysis of the oral testimony of Labour Party members, Generating Socialism: recollections of life in the Labour Party, Sutton, Stroud, 1997 was made ‘book of the month’ by the New Statesman and described as ‘fresh and entertaining’ (The Times Higher) ‘a tremendously important piece of work both historically and politically’ (Professor Paul Thompson) and ‘absolutely wonderful’ (Professor Jerry White).

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Learning to be citizens

Learning to be citizens Creative commons image Catherine Pain under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The goverment has recently highlighted that students are learning to be terrorists while at university; this article takes an opposing view and...

Driven to drink?

Driven to drink? Creative commons image Catherine Pain under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Jun 2015
Has a stricter drink-drive legislation made people less social and what does this mean for voluntary associations? 

Beyond formal learning – supporting communities of life-long learners

Beyond formal learning – supporting communities of life-long learners Creative commons image Gary Edwards under Creative-Commons license
Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Mar 2015
The OU fostered the collective construction of knowledge by helping learners build social connections, and by offering realistic objectives and...

Society Matters

Society Matters Creative commons image Catherine Pain & Gary Edwards under Creative-Commons license
Updated 04 Feb 2015
As we mark the first anniversary of Society Matters on OpenLearn, we introduce the new editor and get to meet the team.

Prisoner students - learning to escape?

Prisoner students - learning to escape? Creative commons image Gary Edwards under Creative-Commons license
Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jan 2015
As the government gears up to making universities and prisons responsible for deterring radicalisation can The Open University (OU) look...

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Comment posted by Алиса on 3rd Mar 2016
I don't really like this article. ...
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Comment posted by Sandra Oakes on 2nd Jan 2016
Very refreshing reading in a manner I can relate to. Weel done 
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Comment posted by Martin McGregor on 12th Sep 2015
I am a serving prison officer and the reality of educating offenders is this. ...
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I am a serving prison officer and the reality of educating offenders is this. ...

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When the voluntary sector worked for the state

When the voluntary sector worked for the state Creative commons image By comedy_nose via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2011
This year marks 100 years since the National Insurance Act. On 16 December 2011, administration of national insurance was placed in the hands of...

Dr Daniel Weinbren's research

Daniel Weinbren (2012) Mutual aid and the Big Society, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited

Daniel Weinbren (2012) ‘Filled with good social democrats’: the Open University and the development of the knowledge economy, 1969–1989, In Journal of the World Universities Forum(5)

Daniel Weinbren (2011-01-01) “Organisations for brotherly aid in misfortune”: Beveridge and the friendly societies, Manchester University Press

Daniel Weinbren (2010-02-23) The Oddfellows, 1810-2010: Two Hundred Years of Making Friends and Helping People, Carnegie

Rebecca Ferguson, Rodney Harrison and Daniel Weinbren (2010-01) Heritage and the recent and contemporary past, Manchester University Press

Daniel Weinbren (2010) The fraternity of female friendly societies, Palgrave Macmillan

Daniel Weinbren (2010) Seven hundred years of fraternal orders, Palgrave Macmillan

Daniel Weinbren (2007-12) Supporting self-help: charity, mutuality and reciprocity in nineteenth-century Britain, Routledge

Daniel Weinbren (2006-08) The Good Samaritan, Friendly Societies and the gift economy, In Social History 3(31)

Daniel Weinbren (2006-04) Beneath the all-seeing eye: fraternal order and friendly societies' banners in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, In Cultural and Social History 2(3)

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