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

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

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Vice, crime and poverty : how the Western imagination invented the underworld
Title
Vice, crime and poverty
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how the Western imagination invented the underworld
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eng
Summary
Beggars, outcasts, urchins, waifs, prostitutes, criminals, convicts, madmen, fallen women, lunatics, degenerates-part reality, part fantasy, these are the grotesque faces that populate the underworld, the dark inverse of our everyday world. Lurking in the mirror that we hold up to our society, they are our counterparts and our doubles, repelling us and yet offering the tantalizing promise of escape. Although these images testify to undeniable social realities, the sordid lower depths make up a symbolic and social imaginary that reflects our fears and anxieties-as well as our desires. In Vice, Crime, and Poverty, Dominique Kalifa traces the untold history of the concept of the underworld and its representations in popular culture. He examines how the myth of the lower depths came into being in nineteenth-century Europe, as biblical figures and Christian traditions were adapted for a world turned upside-down by the era of industrialization, democratization, and mass culture. From the Parisian demimonde to Victorian squalor, from the slums of New York to the sewers of Buenos Aires, Kalifa deciphers the making of an image that has cast an enduring spell on its audience. While the social conditions that created that underworld have changed, Vice, Crime, and Poverty shows that, from social-scientific ideas of the underclass to contemporary cinema and steampunk culture, its shadows continue to haunt us
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Midwest
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Kalifa, Dominique
Dewey number
305.5/69091732
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
European perspectives
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  • Urban poor
  • Marginality, Social
  • Marginality, Social, in literature
  • Criminals
  • Criminals in literature
  • Inner cities
  • Crime
  • Inner cities in literature
  • Social representations
  • Deviant behavior in literature
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adult
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Vice, crime and poverty : how the Western imagination invented the underworld
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT12345421
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780231547260
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
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MWT12345421
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remote
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12345421
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Vice, crime and poverty : how the Western imagination invented the underworld
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12345421
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231547260
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12345421
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12345421
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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