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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.

Synopsis:

Through modest, sober, and honest ethnography, 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, street children asked one another questions that even the most experienced researcher would be unlikely to pose. Guided by the children's questions, Hecht cuts through the hysteria and hyperbole surrounding street children in Brazil.

Synopsis:

This book lays bare the received truths about the lives of Brazilian street children.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-255) and index.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521598699
Author:
Hecht, Tobias
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Homelessness
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
Street children
Subject:
Children and violence
Subject:
Street children -- Brazil, Northeast -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Street children -- Abuse of -- Brazil, Northeaast.
Subject:
Children and violence -- Brazil, Northeast.
Subject:
Street children -- Services for -- Brazil, Northeast.
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
194
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 b/w illus. 10 tables
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.03x6.05x.56 in. .84 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Through modest, sober, and honest ethnography, 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, street children asked one another questions that even the most experienced researcher would be unlikely to pose. Guided by the children's questions, Hecht cuts through the hysteria and hyperbole surrounding street children in Brazil.
"Synopsis" by , This book lays bare the received truths about the lives of Brazilian street children.
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