|WikiProject Cooperatives||(Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)|
|WikiProject Libertarianism||(Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)|
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- Craft, Trade or Mystery. CHAPTER 4 - When is a Friendly Society Not a Friendly Society? - Accessed April 30, 2005
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Start Class, Mid-Importance to Cooperatives
This article has some good details on friendly societies, especially about their origins and roots. Some matters that could really add to it include ..
- How they link with the informal mutual insurance societies such as those still found all over the developing parts of Africa and Asia. Were they really an early example of microinsurance, as this article suggests?
- More citations and internal links to related wiki articles,
- A fuller description of the current scale of friendly societies (no. of members, geographic distribution).
- More information on their role in a typical modern state with universal health care, or at least a highly developed system like that in the US.Brett epic (talk) 16:41, 11 March 2008 (UTC)
Possible source of citations
There is a collection of essays entitled "The Voluntary City" that includes a couple on friendly societies. I recall that the author collected some detailed figures on membership and outlays, though I do not have a copy on me to add to the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 23:02, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Merging and explanation...
I see there's a proposal to join Friendly society with Fraternal benefit society and there is also another article Benefit society. I have no idea which if any of these is a general description of the New Orleans Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs that are associated with second line parades. (The term is also used for Krewes, but is that something different again? I'm thinking there's a distinction between the original organization and the event it stages?) Can somebody sort this out who really understands these things? Wnt (talk) 20:41, 14 May 2013 (UTC)