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Japanís Underclass
Day Laborers and the Homeless
by Hideo Aoki, Urban Sociology Research Center, Hiroshima

Condemned by economic forces and the prejudices of others to remain forever in the underclass, the homeless and day laborers in present-day affluent Japan struggle to survive in its cities. Hideo Aokiís book, Japanís Underclass, provides a poignant portrait of the conditions endured by these people. Whether they can find work at all and the nature of any available work determines their fate. 

In this book we read of men who die on the streets, the efforts of volunteers, officialdomís lack of understanding and of passers-by pointing at these men to show their children where failure will lead. This book shows how it is not personal failure, but a variety of economic and life circumstances that has propelled these men into the underclass. 

Published by Trans Pacific Press
Published 2006, 358 pp.
Hardback ISBN-10: 1 876843 24 1 / ISBN-13: 978 1 876843 24 3, £48.00
Paperback ISBN-10: 1 876843 25 X / ISBN-13: 978 1 876843 25 0, £22.99