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Civilizing “Degenerate Students”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245792.003.0004
Civilizing “Degenerate Students”

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This chapter studies the efforts of turn-of-the-century reformers to control the children of the lower classes, examines the actual extent of delinquency that was carried out in Japan during the early years of the twentieth century, and then identifies the elements of ruffianism. It presents some sketches of what Japanese ruffians looked like, and then describes the rakish students and their victims. The chapter then explains how these youths were policed at home and at school, before finally considering other options for reforming the unruly youth.

Keywords: delinquency; ruffianism; Japanese ruffians; rakish students; policing; reform; unruly youth

Chapter.  11490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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