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Volume 3 Issue 2 - December 10, 2009

Finding the voices of children and youth in street situations in Rio de Janeiro

Arianna Cisneros and Mariana Menezes Neumann

The existence of children and adolescents living and circulating in street situations is a recurrent global urban phenomenon that, despite worldwide commonalities, has garnered special attention in poverty-stricken regions like Latin America. Brazilian academic research has helped redefine how such youth are studied and portrayed. This article illustrates how research that views children and youth as social actors with agency has been carried out, using as an example a study of children and youth in street situations in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The authors advocate that by thinking of these children as individual social actors and contributors with specific needs unique to their life stories, such research can have an important impact on the formulation of public policies and future research.