By Tobias Hecht
Via leading edge fieldwork and ethnographic writing, Hecht lays naked the obtained truths in regards to the lives of Brazilian highway teenagers. This e-book alterations the phrases of the talk, asking no longer why there are such a lot of homeless little ones in Brazil yet why - given the oppressive substitute of domestic lifestyles within the shantytowns - there are in reality so few. conversing in recorded periods that members known as "radio workshops," highway childrens requested each other questions that even the main skilled researchers will be not going to pose. on the heart of this learn are childrens who play, scouse borrow, sleep, dance, and die within the streets of a Brazilian urban. yet throughout them determine activists, politicians, researchers, "home" teenagers, and an international obstacle of youth.
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It's not like that in the street. In the street we have to work to have something. That's what the street teaches you. Tobias'. In the street, do you roam with a gang? Edivaldo: If you hang out with a gang, it's worse than being alone, because, look, in a gang it's the strongest one who wins. " That's why I prefer to roam alone. I only went around with a gang once, because when I'm with a group, the group wants to fight to see who's strongest. If you get caught in the middle of something you're in trouble.
The lady was doing everything for me, and it was like she was my mother. 30 Speaking of the Street Tobias: Do you remember the fifth time you ran away? Edivaldo: [with a tone of boyish authority] I remember what happened every single time. Tobias: So what happened the fifth time? Edivaldo: The fifth time . . I took off, caught a ride. I stayed in the bus station. I ate there and slept there. I washed the cars of the owners of the stores in the bus station. They paid me and I bought their food.
She had come. I didn't even have any fun that time. I just got to Recife, went to the beach, took a dip, and then I was at home. The ninth time I hung out in the street, and my mother found me again. I was in the city sniffing glue and that's when she found out I used glue. She started crying and said, "Don't do that" and stuff. Tobias: How did you feel? Edivaldo: I felt like a dog because I was wrong. Tobias: What about the tenth time you ran away? Edivaldo: If you keep on asking one by one 111 miss lunch!