The number of street children in developed and developing nations is rising, often in the midst of prosperity. These original contributions study and compare the living conditions and educational experiences of homeless children in the United States, Brazil and Cuba. Because social policy and economic factors are central to these children's plight, Mickelson and her contributors employ a political economy perspective to examine the lives of the children and the educational and social programs-successful and unsuccessful-that are designed to serve them. The book examines formal and informal programs, compares and contrasts children's situations in each country, and offers policy recommendations. Throughout the book, case studies are combined with recent statistical and demographic facts about each country. Also includes maps. Contributors: Fernanda Goncalves Almeida, Jean Anyon, Lynn G. Beck, Inaia Maria Moreira de Carvalho, Anthony Dewees, Marian Wright Edelman, Ligia Gomes Elliot, Irving Epstein, Maria Luisa Gonzalez, Linda Holman, Ana Huerta-Macias, Martha Knisely Huggins, Steven J. Klees, Lori Korinek, Sheryl L. Lutjens, Myriam P. Mesquita, Virginia Laycock McLaughlin, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Nelly de Mendoca Moulin, Rebecca L. Newman, Ralph da Costa Nunez, Vilma Periera, Marc Posner, Amelia Maria Noronha Pessoa de Queiroz, Yvonne Rafferty, Irene Rizzini, Fulvia Rosemberg, Murilo Tadeu Moreira Silva, James H. Stronge, Chriss Walther-Thomas
"In her Foreword, Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, promotes this book as one that "shows us the face of homelessness in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States." Mickelson's book certainly does that, while offering the reader comparative analysis of education for the least priviledged children in the context of globalization. The book will be most appreciated by students of the social foundations of education and by sociologists of education who are looking to connect the education of children with larger scale social processes.."
-Contemporary Sociology, May 2001