Economic Practices of African Street Youth: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, and Zimbabwe

Wayne Shand, Lorraine van Blerk (Lead / Corresponding author), Janine Hunter

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    Little is known about how street connected young people maintain livelihoods and how their earning strategies change as they enter adulthood. Living precariously in street environments, markets, and informal settlements, street children and youth develop complex responses to their social and economic marginalization, working on the fringes of the formal and informal urban economy. This chapter draws from research undertaken with street children and youth in three African cities to highlight the importance of the informal economy and reveal how income is generated to meet daily basic needs and the compromises and vulnerabilities these create for young people Growing up on the Streets.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLabouring and Learning
    EditorsTatek Abebe, Johanna Waters, Tracey Skelton
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9789814585972
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2016

    Publication series

    NameGeographies of Children and Young People


    • African Street Youth
    • Earnings
    • Informal Economy
    • Urban
    • Subsistence
    • Ethnographic Method
    • Ghana, Zimbabwe and DRC

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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