Chapter

Popularizing Protection

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/9780520245792.003.0005
Popularizing Protection

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This chapter discusses the expansion of juvenile-protection programs from 1918 to the mid-1930s, during which period Japan experienced the rise and collapse of the “Taishō Democracy.” It first describes the spread of social policy, which was meant to stabilize the lives of the poor, and then introduces the juvenile court, where referrals from procurators could be received. The chapter also considers the approaches used by caseworkers to treat delinquent or at-risk youths, and the challenges posed by custodial treatment.

Keywords: juvenile-protection programs; Taishō Democracy; social policy; juvenile court; caseworkers; at-risk youths; custodial treatment

Chapter.  13305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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