Journal Article

The Social Construction of Street Children: Configuration and Implications

Sérgio Luiz de Moura

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 32, issue 3, pages 353-367
Published in print April 2002 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/32.3.353
The Social Construction of Street Children: Configuration and Implications

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This article analyses the literature on street children, and identifies patterns of descriptions, characterizations and explanations of the origin of the phenomenon. It is argued that the discourses on street children naturalize social deprivation and stigmatize poor families and children. Street life is presented as the outcome of an organic and linear chain of adverse factors including migration, economic hardship, family dysfunction and child abuse. Street children and their families are portrayed as displaying socially unacceptable attributes which place them outside mainstream society. It is also argued that the social construction of street children prompts interventions which sustain the status quo of social inequalities. It is suggested that a potential way to move forward is to employ these arguments along with other perspectives in a communal reflexive exercise, as the foundation for the co‐creation of a new future for children and adolescents.

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Subjects: Social Work

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