Misery and Crime in Japan from the 17th Century to the Present
Misère et crime au Japon du XVIIe siècle à nos jours explores the underworld of crime, poverty and vagrancy in Japanese society from the 17th century to the present. It is a fascinating examination of a little-known side of Japanese social history.
Several interconnected themes are discussed in the book: poverty and discrimination as a catalyst of crime; the underworld as a network for vagrancy and a guiding force for a marginal order; the street and its people, its connivances and complicities; individual or collective revolt as an expression of the "tradition of refusal"; finally, vagrancy as portrayed in literature and interpreted by society.
Philippe Pons : Historian and correspondent for Le Monde in Japan, Philippe Pons is one of the most well-known experts on Japan in France. He is the author of D’Edo à Tokyo (Gallimard, 1988), among other works.