ISBN13:978-0521598699 ISBN10: 0521598699 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0521591324 ISBN10: 0521591325
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Cambridge University Press Year Published: 1998 International: No
"This is a powerful ethnography which puts children's reports at the centre of its analysis. We learn how street children speak about their families, the violence in their everyday lives, their bleak futures, and interventions from welfare organizations."
--Catherine Panter-Brick,Durham University
"Hecht has been very lucky in the appropriation of the ethnographer's tape recorder by the street children themselves to hold their own 'radio workshops.' As a result, this work achieves something very special: the children themselves set the frame and limits of the otherwise inevitable and predictable outsider's sympathetic discourse on their plight. Never in ethnography has the agency of the subject's voice been so creatively present; never have the stories of such children who partly stand for contemporary Brazil been so plainly compelling."
--George Marcus, Rice University
"A moving, provocative study that probes below the surface of everyday Brazilian life. Tobias Hecht...gives voice to the country's marginalized street children, tens of thousands of whom roam the cities, orphaned or abandoned by their families, seeking through petty crime and by living by their wits to avoid being sent to the repellent state institutions. This is ethnography at its best: riveting, compassionate, pithy, handsomely illustrated with photographs, always aware of the larger social and political context."
--Robert M. Levine, University of Miami
Cambridge University Press Web Site, June, 2000
View Table of Contents
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
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