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Children in Street Situations

I aim to understand these children in their relational identity to the streets. My experiential judgement on behalf of these children would be presumptuous, and citing broader socio-economic forces often obstructs questions and curiosity. I aim to present these children as social processes and social actors, delving deeper into their street careers and the nature of an exit.

Why not 'Street Children'?

The dominant rhetoric on ‘street children’ intended for the general public, politicians and funders was marked by an assurance. That we know who ‘street children’ are, where they come from, and how to ‘fix’ them. When we named a population ignoring undergoing a process that encapsulates multiple dimensions, we felt a false assurance that we have figured something out. The term ‘street children’, however, does nothing but tell us where they are seen. It limits inquiries rather than prompting them. It also stigmatizes a population, associating them with the streets, which is also deceitfully viewed as dirty, dangerous and unpredictable, by the very people who use them on a daily basis. A street child cannot be identified, and much less easily defined, for he or she is a process, constantly evolving. A street child is not simply an object located in space and time.
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Why think about Ethics

Emergency care or long-term intervention on the root causes? What is wrong with victim rhetoric? or delinquent rhetoric? Should we tailor mental health care for the victims of violence based on their subcultural learning and expectations? Inclusivity or Market logic? Action or deliberation? And/or? Think about ethics.
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Nafis Rahman


David Dilrosun