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Contested Identities of Street Kids

Richard Mukuka

Published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
ISBN 10: 3659156566 / ISBN 13: 9783659156564
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Title: Contested Identities of Street Kids

Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

Binding: Paperback

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Paperback. 160 pages. Dimensions: 8.7in. x 5.9in. x 0.4in.Street kid and what can or cannot be done to a person so defined is a contested issue. Often, only voices of the hegemonic moral order count. In Zambia, these voices depict street kids not only as needy victims of socio-economic forces who take up abnormal childhood but also as a social menace to be eradicated. The thesis of this book, anchored on ideas of space and social construction of meaning, makes self-portraits count. Insights drawn from the analysis of peripatetic interviews are instructive for both the theory and practice of working with street kids. As Zambian street kids carve for themselves a survival niche on the streets, they contest ascribed negative identities and strategically position themselves as 1) vulnerable victims, 2) heroic victims, and 3) human beings par excellence. These identities, connected to street kids hard times life trajectories, act as tools for social activism. Firstly, they help legitimise street kids unreserved inclusion in the mainstream society while undermining ascribed negative identities by which they are separated from, and discriminated against, by society. Secondly, the identities are a tool for attracting charitable reactions. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783659156564

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Synopsis: Street kid' and what can or cannot be done to a person so defined is a contested issue. Often, only voices of the hegemonic moral order count. In Zambia, these voices depict street kids not only as needy victims of socio-economic forces who take up abnormal childhood but also as a social menace to be eradicated. The thesis of this book, anchored on ideas of space and social construction of meaning, makes self-portraits count. Insights drawn from the analysis of peripatetic interviews are instructive for both the theory and practice of working with street kids. As Zambian street kids carve for themselves a survival niche on the streets, they contest ascribed negative identities and strategically position themselves as 1) vulnerable victims, 2) heroic victims, and 3) human beings par excellence. These identities, connected to street kids' hard times life trajectories, act as tools for social activism. Firstly, they help legitimise street kids' unreserved inclusion in the mainstream society while undermining ascribed negative identities by which they are separated from, and discriminated against, by society. Secondly, the identities are a tool for attracting charitable reactions.

About the Author: Richard Mukuka specialises in research psychology, and has interests in social psychology and the study of the African psyche. He is currently immersed in studying and documenting the proletarian conceptions of the psyche within the Bemba cultural group of Zambia. He is a PhD student.

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