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Bad Youth: Juvenile Delinquency and the Politics of Everyday Life in Modern Japan

David Ambaras


A study of the political, social, and cultural history of juvenile delinquency in modern Japan, this book treats the policing of urban youth as a crucial site for the development of new state structures and new forms of social power. Focusing on the years of rapid industrialization and imperialist expansion (1895 to 1945), it challenges widely held conceptions of a Japan that did not, until recently, experience delinquency and related youth problems. The author reconstructs numerous individual life stories in the worlds of home, school, work, and the streets, and relates the changes that took ... More

Keywords: juvenile delinquency, modern Japan, social power, industrialization, imperialist expansion, social transformation, capitalist development, nation-state formation, imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520245792
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ambaras, author