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Vice, crime and poverty : how the Western imagination invented the underworld

Author: Dominique Kalifa; Susan Emanuel
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
Series: European perspectives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Prostitutes, criminals, and the sordid, dangerous places they inhabit have always been with us. Yet there has not always been an "underworld," or what the French call "les bas-fonds." This expression, which appeared in most western languages in the 19th century, reveals a new way of looking at these social ills and raises a key historical question: why did the century that gave us positivism, industry,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kalifa, Dominique, author.
Vice, crime and poverty
New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018051325
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dominique Kalifa; Susan Emanuel
ISBN: 9780231187428 0231187424
OCLC Number: 1056742065
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Translation of: Bas-fonds.
Description: xiv, 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The advent of the lower depths. In the den of horror ; Courts of miracles ; "Dangerous classes" --
2. Scenarios of society's underside. Empire of lists ; The disguised prince ; The grand dukes' tour ; Poetic flight --
3. Ebbing of an imaginary. Slow eclipse of the underworld ; Persistent shadows ; Roots of fascination.
Series Title: European perspectives.
Other Titles: Bas-fonds.
Responsibility: Dominique Kalifa ; translated by Susan Emanuel, foreword by Sarah Maza.

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Vice, Crime, and Poverty traces the untold history of the concept of the underworld and its representations in popular culture. From the Parisian demimonde to Victorian squalor, from the slums of New  Read more...

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Kalifa's research is virtuosic, incorporating every type of source under the sun - poetry, sociology, films, popular songs, literature, journalism - and is endlessly entertaining. -- Hadley Suter * Read more...

 
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