Des classes dangereuses de la population dans grandes villes, et des moyens de les rendre meilleures. Ouvrage récompensé en 1838 par l’Institut de France

Paris: J.-B. Bailliére, 1840. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xi, [1], 435, [1]; [4], 527, [1]; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards; lightly rubbed and spotted; very good. H.-A. Frégier (1789-1860) "was a French political economist and civil servant whose views on poverty and criminality were representative of prevailing opinion during the early 19th century. So great was the contemporary preoccupation with crime, poverty, and the connections between the two that academies and learned societies organized annual competitions soliciting essays that would propose solutions to the problem of 'distress.' Typical was a contest in 1838 by the French Academy of Moral and Physical Sciences, which asked entrants to submit results of their research ... Although Frégier penned the winning essay in 1838, his views have remained neglected by historians, sociologists, and political scientists alike. Yet his ideas are significant, not only for what they reveal about past attitudes, but for what they can teach sociologists about the culture of poverty today" (see "Frégier and the 'Dangerous Classes,' Poverty in Orleanist France," by Maria M. Mullaney, International Social Science Review, Vol. 58, No. 2 (Spring 1983), pp. 88-92). Item #54618

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