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At Home in the Street : Street Children of Northeast Brazil - Tobias Hecht

At Home in the Street

Street Children of Northeast Brazil

Paperback Published: 5th October 1998
ISBN: 9780521598699
Number Of Pages: 280

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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.

'Hecht's work is graceful, thorough, and level-headed. This book is a much needed contribution to the literature of Brazil, of children, and of anthropology. It will no doubt be read and argued for years to come.' Robin Nagle, author of Claiming the Virgin: The Broken Promise of Liberation Theology in Brazil '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 ... 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

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 `clients', conclusion: the ephemeral lives of street children
Appendix: the setting: Recife, Olinda, and Northeast Brazil
References cited
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521598699
ISBN-10: 0521598699
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 5th October 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.9  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.34