Victims and Agents

  • G. K. LietenEmail author
  • Talinay Strehl
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING, volume 15)


The number of street children in the world, probably around 150 million, is contested, mainly because ‘the street child’ can be defined in various ways (children of the street, children in the street, street-working and street-living children). Recently, scholars have conceptualised the street child positively in terms of agency, rather than as victims of inequality. This trend is problematic.


Definition of street children Child rights Agency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HeemstedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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