At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil

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Cambridge University Press, May 13, 1998 - History - 267 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Speaking of the Street
26
Being in the Street
41
Home Children Nurtured Childhood and Nurturing Childhood
70
Betraying Motherdom Maloqueiros and That Life in the Street
93
When Life Is Nasty Brutish and Short Violence and Street Children
118
Curing Street Children Rescuing Childhood
149
Street Children and Their Clients
174
The Ephemeral Lives of Street Children
188
The Setting Recife Olinda and Northeast Brazil
215
Glossary
234
Notes
239
References
245
Index
257
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