‘Street citizenship’: informal processes of engaging as citizens through research and knowledge exchange in three African cities

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

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    Abstract

    Street-living youth are deprived of formal citizenship due to their age and exclusion from school or other state apparatus through which cultural/moral values are shared. Drawing on participatory longitudinal data from research in three African cities, this paper explores a nuanced ‘street citizenship’ as facilitated through informal processes and spaces, suggesting ‘street citizenship’ can be active and sometimes activist, with the potential to challenge understandings of poverty and marginalization in childhood more widely. Street-living youth’s lived citizenship practices are developed at various scales within communities, cities and states and through engagement with local communities, civil society, policymakers and governments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)330-345
    Number of pages16
    JournalSpace and Polity
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    Early online date8 Apr 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Keywords

    • Citizenship
    • Street youth
    • African cities
    • Knowledge exchange
    • street youth
    • knowledge exchange

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Political Science and International Relations

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