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Children in Street Situations

A Concept in Search of an Object


Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Daniel Stoecklin, Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 1-16
  3. Riccardo Lucchini, Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 17-42
  4. Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 43-59
  5. Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 61-87
  6. Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 89-103
  7. Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 105-129
  8. Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 131-160
  9. Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 161-197
  10. Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 199-236
  11. Daniel Stoecklin, Riccardo Lucchini
    Pages 267-293
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 295-307

About this book


This book provides new insights on the lives of children in street situations by providing analyses from a qualitative perspective on the sociology of childhood. It proposes some insightful perspectives on the current discussion about the rights of children in street situations. It includes a unique selection of texts, which were initially published in French, written by the authors of this volume, on the lives of children in street situations in Latin America and China, that are now available to an English readership. It challenges obstacles, linked to macrosocial issues such as inequalities, images of the child, the separation of public/private spheres, urban dynamics and structural adjustments, as well as to microsocial dimensions such as identity, motivation, and activities that are constitutive of street situations. The book discusses the situations experienced by children, highlighting children’s reflexivity and strategies as social factors, and shedding new light on the debate “agency within structure”. 



Sociology of Childhood Children's Life in Street Situations General Comment on Children in Street Situations Rights of Children in Street Situations Child as Rights Holder Child Protection Services Child Participation Rights Children in Street Situations in Latin America Image of the Child UN Committee for the Rights of the Child Survival Strategies for Children in Street Situations Girls in Street Situations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Professor EmeritusUniversity of FribourgCorminboeufSwitzerland
  2. 2.Centre for Children’s Right StudiesUniversity of GenevaBramois/SionSwitzerland

About the authors

Riccardo Lucchini is Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) where he has been Vice-Rector (1971-1975), Head of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (FSES) (1984-1985), President of the Commission on Teaching Evaluation (1999-2003) and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences in FSES (2001-2003). He has carried out extensive research in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras on topics ranging from the sociology of facism, drug dependency, children living on the streets and domestic violence, on which topics he has published widely.

Daniel Stoecklin is Associate Professor in Sociology at the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies of the University of Geneva (Switzerland). His areas of research and teaching are the sociology of childhood, children’s rights, children in street situations, child participation and the capability approach. Following his PhD on children in street situations in China, he has been involved with several international NGO projects in the field of children in difficult situations. He has also worked as an independent expert for the Council of Europe regarding child participation. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Children in Street Situations
  • Book Subtitle A Concept in Search of an Object
  • Authors Riccardo Lucchini
    Daniel Stoecklin
  • Series Title Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Children's Well-Being
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-19039-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-19042-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-19040-8
  • Series ISSN 1879-5196
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-520X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 307
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child Well-being
    Human Rights
    Childhood, Adolescence and Society
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