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


With the concept of Children in Streets Situations as a heuristic device to illuminate a particular object, we started to search for an object. We have reconstructed different objects: the child as an object of representations (Chap.  1), the social process linking the child to society making “street children” an abstract concept separate of the self (Chap.  2), the child’s own meaning making and reconstructions (Chap.  3), relationships (Chap.  4), survival strategies (Chap.  5), the street career (Chap.  6), peer-group sociability (Chap.  7), girls as potential sexual ‘objects’ and the multifunctionality of drug use (Chap.  8), agency and modes of action (Chap.  9), and children’s rights (Chap.  10). There is no single object that would subsume all others but rather a multiplicity of dimensions of a very complex phenomenon. The reduction of the situations experienced by children marginalised in the streets to a subtantialist approach of « street children » is another intolerable violence.


Representations Meaning Relationships Survival strategies Career Sexual objects Drugs Agency Rights 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Stoecklin
    • 1
  • Riccardo Lucchini
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Children’s Right StudiesUniversity of GenevaBramois/SionSwitzerland
  2. 2.Professor EmeritusUniversity of Fribourg Professor EmeritusCorminboeufSwitzerland

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