Assimilating the Lower Classes

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:
Assimilating the Lower Classes

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This chapter discusses the adjustment of the lower classes. It notes that despite the reformers' humanitarian intentions, they tended to view the lower classes through their own prejudices and offered benefits that did not meet the needs of their clients. The first section of the chapter takes a look at the social problems and social knowledge that were present at the start of the twentieth century, followed by a description of street urchins and the problem of the lower-class society. From there, the discussion shifts to the reformatory law and reformatory movement, which were enacted for the treatment of juvenile offenders, and also looks at reformatories in both practice and theory, and the special elementary schools that were built in Tokyo.

Keywords: lower classes; social problems; social knowledge; street urchins; reformatory law; reformatory movement; juvenile offenders; reformatories; special elementary schools

Chapter.  14278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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