By Tobias Hecht
Via cutting edge fieldwork and ethnographic writing, Hecht lays naked the got truths concerning the lives of Brazilian road young children. This ebook alterations the phrases of the talk, asking now not why there are such a lot of homeless childrens in Brazil yet why - given the oppressive replacement of domestic lifestyles within the shantytowns - there are in truth so few. talking in recorded periods that members referred to as "radio workshops," road childrens requested each other questions that even the main skilled researchers will be not going to pose. on the middle of this learn are little ones who play, scouse borrow, sleep, dance, and die within the streets of a Brazilian urban. yet throughout them determine activists, politicians, researchers, "home" little ones, and an international concern of early life.
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The chapter examines how the different agencies struggle to remove children from the streets and situate them in the more familiar worlds of nurturing and nurtured childhood, that is, the matrifocal childhood of the favelas or, more fancifully, a carefree, protected, middle-class childhood in which children are highly differentiated from adults. The belief that children are antithetical to streets harks back to ideas deeply entrenched in Brazilian social history about the opposing realms of street and home, a literature touched on in this chapter.
Once when I earned money, I bought a Beretta. I spent ten days snatching watches, "Pah, pah" [his onomatopoeic rendition of children stealing watches]. First I bought a Mauser and then I held it against a lady's neck. I swiped her money and a bunch of videocassettes. I spent more than a month with the gun, stealing. Then I sold it and with the money I'd stolen and the money from the gun I bought a thirty-eight. Then I stole some more, sold that gun, and bought the Beretta. I went to the street and a kid saw that my pockets were bulging, he tried to take my money.
Leila fell to the ground and I was afraid because I thought she was dead. They took us to the Restauracao [Hospital]. 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.
At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil by Tobias Hecht