Globally, street-living children are the most fluid population of vulnerable children. They are conspicuous yet subsist on the fringes of the marginalized. This book attempts to sketch a holistic picture of the street child phenomenon across the globe.
The book incorporates empirical data from a cross-cultural study of this phenomenon in three mega cities—Mumbai, Nairobi, and Los Angeles—and some of the best practices developed by faith-based and secular organizations to help street-living children. These data include global estimates, analysis of the causative factors, occupations of these children, as also the resulting problems. The book also gives new insights into the impact of state policies to support secular and faith-based organizations, and the way social service is practiced by such organizations in India, Kenya, and USA.
The authors take the readers through the social construction of the street child phenomenon over the years by weaving socio-political, cultural, and historical perspectives in understanding the circumstances surrounding them.
Chapter 3: Street Children in the Big City: The Case of Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi
Street Children in the Big City: The Case of Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi
Street children grow up in the social, political, ethnic and religious ethos of the city of their location. They are exposed to all such influences and form their own prejudices and stereotypes. This book includes the findings of a cross-cultural study of faith based and secular organizations servicing street children in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi. Numerous faith based and secular organizations in all the three cities are engaged in working with street living/homeless children and youth. They are likely to be influenced by the philosophy of the organizations they are affiliated with. Therefore, understanding these cities in ...