Originally published in Japanese by Akashi Shoten, 2000, as Gendai Nihon no toshi kasō: yoseba to nojukusha to gaikokujin rōdōsha--T.p. verso.
Revision of author's thesis (doctoral-Tsukuba Daigaku), 1999.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-328) and index.
1. A framework for urban underclass research -- Sect. I. The mode of existence of the urban underclass -- 2. The urban underclass and Kamagasaki -- 3. The urban underclass and Kotobukicho -- 4. The urban underclass and the homeless -- 5. The urban underclass and foreign workers -- Sect. II. The urban underclass' world of meaning -- 6. Methods of researching the urban underclass -- 7. Yoseba : discrimination and meaning -- 8. The world of meaning of the winter struggle.