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ISBN10: 0521598699 ISBN13: 9780521598699 DDC: 362.76/0981/3 LCC: HV887 Edition: (pb)


Based on innovative fieldwork among street children and activist organizations in Brazil's Northeast, 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 cramped favela shacks - there are in fact so few. At the center of this book 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.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-255) and index. 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 -- App.. The Setting: Recife, Olinda, and Northeast Brazil.


  • LCC: HV887
  • Dewey Decimal: 362.76/0981/3

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: xi, 267 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition Info: (pb)


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