Biographical interviews as emotional encounters in street youth’s lives: the role of research in facilitating therapeutic intervention

Lorraine van Blerk, Daryl van Blerk

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Abstract

In the last 30 years, street children and youth have received significant international attention, yet we are told they are still consistently being failed in being able to access their rights (van Blerk, 2014). A significant body of research has developed, moving away from attempts to define and count numbers of street children to investigating their lives (Aptekar and Stoecklin, 2014). Research has identified that young people who are connected with the streets spend much of their daily life creatively using the city for survival, fluidly working, sleeping and engaging recreationally in the city. A now diverse literature explores the daily minutiae of street youth’s lives, including their lifestyles, reasons for being on the streets, survival strategies, subcultures and identity (Aptekar, 1988; Hecht, 1998; Beazley, 2002, 2003; van Blerk, 2006).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren’s Emotions in Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationMapping and Making Spaces of Childhood
EditorsMatej Blazek, Peter Kraftl
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages189-203
Number of pages15
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781137415608
ISBN (Print)9781137415592
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Childhood and Youth
PublisherPalgrave Macmillian

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    van Blerk, L., & van Blerk, D. (2015). Biographical interviews as emotional encounters in street youth’s lives: the role of research in facilitating therapeutic intervention. In M. Blazek, & P. Kraftl (Eds.), Children’s Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood (1 ed., pp. 189-203). (Studies in Childhood and Youth). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137415608_12