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

By Tobias Hecht

Via leading edge fieldwork and ethnographic writing, Hecht lays naked the bought truths in regards to the lives of Brazilian road childrens. This e-book adjustments the phrases of the talk, asking now not why there are such a lot of homeless teenagers in Brazil yet why - given the oppressive replacement of domestic existence within the shantytowns - there are actually so few. conversing in recorded classes that contributors known as "radio workshops," highway young ones requested each other questions that even the main skilled researchers will be not going to pose. on the heart of this research are young ones who play, scouse borrow, sleep, dance, and die within the streets of a Brazilian urban. yet throughout them determine activists, politicians, researchers, "home" teenagers, and a world hindrance of early life.

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I bought it, but I sold it the next day. It was one of those little ones. I kept it inside my shorts, I made it look like a bottle of glue. I went to look for someone to sell it to. I found a policeman, a friend of mine, who traded the machine gun for a revolver and gave me back two million cruzeiros [more than US$200]. In the street we get our hands on money that even rich people don't touch. 34 Speaking of the Street Margarete Amar e v'tver, viver e ser real. Realidade e ser infeliz e felicidade e querer morrer.

Five or six other households in the neighborhood offered food in the morning, albeit not with the same regularity. The lottery ticket shop (position 3) might be convinced to allow one of the children to wash the windows in exchange for breakfast. Roberta at the pool supply shop (position 4) particularly liked one of the boys and invited him to help her at the store in exchange for clothing, food, some spending money, and even the coveted reward of assistance for his mother. Sometimes one of the more daring children might fetch a coconut from one of the tall trees along the beach.

I fainted. I thought I was dead, but I'd only fainted. Then they took care of me. The thing that's most fun about being in the street is when there's a party in the streets. We party right there, in the street. Even though we're dirty, we have fun, playing in the street, with nothing to do. Some people give us these looks, they get scared, they move away from us. Sometimes I say, "Lady, I'm not going to rob you," but they see that it's a street girl who's talking, so that's it, they're scared. In Boa Viagem there are gringos who like us.

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