By Tobias Hecht

Via leading edge fieldwork and ethnographic writing, Hecht lays naked the bought truths in regards to the lives of Brazilian road little ones. This ebook alterations the phrases of the controversy, asking no longer why there are such a lot of homeless young children in Brazil yet why - given the oppressive substitute of domestic lifestyles within the shantytowns - there are in reality so few. talking in recorded periods that contributors referred to as "radio workshops," highway childrens requested each other questions that even the main skilled researchers will be not likely to pose. on the middle of this research are childrens who play, thieve, sleep, dance, and die within the streets of a Brazilian urban. yet throughout them determine activists, politicians, researchers, "home" childrens, and an international main issue of adolescence.

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If the most widely disseminated fact about Brazilian street children is that they are murdered, one can easily forget that they also live and that they interpret the world in which they tenuously exist. SPEAKING OF THE STREET FEBEM, as it was generally called by the children, or CAP, as the facility was officially known after 1990, 1 was Recife's "temporary" holding tank for juvenile delinquents and lost children for no less than 29 years. The compound was known to nearly all children living in the street.

Thirty. We can make up to five hundred thousand cruzeiros [worth US$45 a t t n e time, nearly minimum wage for a month]. But you need to know how to snatch 'em. If you don't know what you're doing, you'll never get the watches. We steal gold and silver necklaces too. Once when I had long fingernails I went to steal a lady's necklace and I scratched the hell out of her. Tobias: What do you do with the money? Edivaldo: I buy glue, pot, Rohypnol [a "prescription only" sleeping pill widely used as a recreational drug in Brazil], food, you name it, lolo [a mixture of solvents that is inhaled].

When he came close, I was going to give him a good slashing. . I was going to really kill him, stick it in with all my hatred, he was giving me shit. . But a chief? No, nobody has a chief. It's everyone for himself. " No, what I want to do I do for myself — after all, I'm in 46 Being in the Street the street! When you're in the street, you do what you want, you know? No one bosses me around, the one who bosses me around at home is my mother, my father, my grandmother, period. Now in the street, no one tells me what to do.

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