Children on the Streets of the Americas: Globalization, Homelessness Education in Brazil, Cuba and the United States

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Leading scholars examine the educational experiences of homeless children in the US, Brazil, and Cuba, focusing on formal and informal educational programs and offering policy recommendations for change. Case studies describe exceptional programs, and explore why some policies are more effective than others. Discussion of education emphasizes that schools have the opportunity as well as the necessity of fulfilling more than traditional academic roles. Includes b&w photos of children and facilities. The editor teaches sociology and women's studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415923224
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roslyn Arlin Mickelson is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in fall 1999.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations 3
Abbreviations 4
Foreword 6
Acknowledgments 8
Pt. I Introduction
1 Globalization, Childhood Poverty, and Education in the Americas 11
Pt. II Children on the Streets of Brazil, Cuba, and the United States: A Status Report
2 Families, Schools, and the Socialization of Brazilian Children: Contemporary Dilemmas that Create Street Children 43
3 Schooling and "Clean Streets" in Socialist Cuba: Children and the Special Period 55
4 The Education of Homeless Children and Youth in the United States: A Progress Report 66
Pt. III Education and Social Policy for Children: The Role of the State
5 A New Paradigm for Social Change: Social Movements and the Transformation of Policy for Street and Working Children in Brazil 79
6 Dependency Served: Rhetorical Assumptions Governing the Education of Homeless Children and Youth in the United States 99
7 Educating Homeless Children in the United States: An Overview of Legal Entitlements and Federal Protections 108
8 From Discourse to Reality: A Profile of the Lives and an Estimate of the Number of Street Children and Adolescents in Brazil 118
9 Standards, Curriculum Reform, and the Educational Experiences of One Homeless Youngster: Some Reflections 136
Pt. IV Case Studies of Programs for Homeless and Street Children in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba
10 Restructuring Childhood in Cuba: The State as Family 149
11 From Church Basement to Mainstream Classroom: The Evolution of A Child's Place in Charlotte, North Carolina 160
12 Projeto Axe: Educating Excluded Children in Salvador 172
13 Breaking the Cycle: Educating New York's Homeless Children and Their Families 184
14 Projeto Semear: Equalizing Opportunities for Adolescents at Risk in Rio de Janeiro 193
15 The "Magnet School" for the Homeless: A Worst-Case Scenario 205
16 Programa Curumim: A Program for At-Risk Children in the Industrial Heartland 214
Pt. V Marginalized Children and Youth: The Social and Educational Needs of the Most Disadvantaged Children
17 Improving Education for Homeless Students with Disabilities in the United States 227
18 Children of Undocumented Immigrants: An Invisible Minority among Homeless Students 238
19 Hungry Hearts: Runaway and Homeless Youth in the United States 247
20 Civic Invisibility, Marginality, and Moral Exclusion: The Murders of Street Youth in Brazil 257
Pt. VI Conclusion
21 Children on the Streets of the Americas: Implications for Social Policy and Educational Practice 271
Afterword 283
Contributors 284
Glossary 288
Index 291
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