This entry describes the concept of street life, which is inclusive of a wide range of issues in human development. On a fundamental level, the street represents a public space where both social and economic interactions take place. Considered a global perspective, the boundaries of this space are often defined by social values, determining acceptable and nonacceptable uses of the space. Historically, streets have offered a domain of social interactions, economic relations, political protests and resistance, as well as a place to be enjoyed. Simultaneously, streets have become a primary living space for many people. Some analyses suggest that living on the street is harmful or, at least, that it retards psychological development, especially for children, because of exposure to addictions, violence, and exploitation. However, ...

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