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At home in the street : street children of Northeast Brazil

Author: Tobias Hecht
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. : Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tobias Hecht
ISBN: 0521591325 9780521591324 0521598699 9780521598699
OCLC Number: 37361811
Description: xi, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Speaking of the street --
Being in the street --
"Home children": nurtured childhood and nurturing childhood --
Betraying motherdom: maloqueiros and "that life" in the street --
When life is nasty, brutish, and short: violence and street children --
Curing street children, rescuing childhood --
Street children and their "client" --
Conclusion: The ephemeral lives of street children.
Responsibility: Tobias Hecht.
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This book lays bare the received truths about the lives of Brazilian street children. Speaking in recorded sessions, street children asked one another questions that even the most experienced  Read more...

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