Leaving for the Street

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


A plurality of factors (economic, social, familial, identitary, psychological and spatial) bring the child to the streets. The role of these factors and their interaction need to be understood through the child’s subjectivity and the way he/she and other actors involved give meaning to them, which also depends on the cultural context and the associated perception of childhood. Identifying transitions in the biography of CSS requires to look at both their discursive consciousness (knowledge) and practical consciousness (know-how). The diversity of the modes of leaving home underlines the gradual process whereby the child progressively breaks-up taboos and acquires new competencies and knowledge over time. There is a continuum going from brutal and immediate expulsion of the child to a pure and nurtured choice to leave home. Going to the streets includes several stages and thresholds, whose number and type depend on the personality, identity, biography of the child and changing perceptions of the street’s unpredictability. Critical identity changes may bring to points of “no-return”.


Transitions Diversity Modes of leaving home Competencies Continuum Stages Identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Lucchini
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  1. 1.Professor EmeritusUniversity of Fribourg Professor EmeritusCorminboeufSwitzerland

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