At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil / Edition 1

At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil / Edition 1

by Tobias Hecht
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521598699

ISBN-13: 9780521598699

Pub. Date: 05/13/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Through innovative fieldwork and ethnographic writing, Hecht lays bare the received truths about the lives of Brazilian street children. This book changes the terms of the debate, asking not why there are so many homeless children in Brazil but why - given the oppressive alternative of home life in the shantytowns - there are in fact so few. Speaking in recorded

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Through innovative fieldwork and ethnographic writing, Hecht lays bare the received truths about the lives of Brazilian street children. This book changes the terms of the debate, asking not why there are so many homeless children in Brazil but why - given the oppressive alternative of home life in the shantytowns - there are in fact so few. Speaking in recorded sessions that participants called "radio workshops," street children asked one another questions that even the most experienced researchers would be unlikely to pose. At the center of this study are children who play, steal, sleep, dance, and die in the streets of a Brazilian city. But all around them figure activists, politicians, researchers, "home" children, and a global crisis of childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521598699
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,040,388
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Speaking of the street; 2. Being in the street; 3. 'Home' children: nurtured childhood and nurturing childhood; 4. Betraying motherdom: Maloqueiros and 'that life' in the street; 5. When life is nasty, brutish and short: violence and street children; 6. Curing street children, rescuing childhood; 7. Street children and their 'clients', conclusion: the ephemeral lives of street children; Appendix: the setting: Recife, Olinda, and Northeast Brazil; Glossary; References cited; Notes.

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