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While the definition above suffices as an introduction to this concept, it is also in some ways misleading, since defining street children is intimately linked to the different ways in which such children are conceptualised. And as Gigengack (2008) argues, these conceptualisations vary in relation to the ways in which such children are ‘problematised’ – as either a ‘problem’ to be dealt with by the State or as a ‘cause’ to be taken up by NGOs and other activists seeking to help those children who live and work on the street. These different representations are revealing, he suggests, of the implicit transgressive comparison with ‘normal’ childhood that the phenomenon of street children engenders.
In an early ...