Unruy Youth and the Early Modern Polity

David R. Ambaras

in Bad Youth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780520245792
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932203 | DOI:
Unruy Youth and the Early Modern Polity

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This chapter emphasizes not only the elements of the early modern past that made the politics and culture of juvenile delinquency in modern Japan distinctive, but also those which distinguished the treatment of youthful deviance in the Tokugawa era. It argues that young people's misbehavior challenged the state's efforts to contain the populace within a complex of state organizations, and shows that each of these organizations have clearly defined responsibilities and internal hierarchies.

Keywords: juvenile delinquency; modern Japan; youthful deviance; Tokugawa era; misbehavior; state organizations; responsibilities; internal hierarchies

Chapter.  8709 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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