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Author Márquez, Patricia C., 1965-

Title The street is my home : youth and violence in Caracas / Patricia C. Márquez.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.2309877 MARQ    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-265) and index.
Contents 1. The Streets of Caracas -- 2. Young People on the Streets of Caracas -- 3. Young People and Family Life -- 4. Guerra Contra el Hampa: Control Through Media, Law, and the State -- 5. The Institutionalization of Violence -- 6. Stories in/on Style: Consumption, Language, and Violence.
Summary What does it mean to be a child or an adolescent growing up on the streets or in a state institution? How do children define their everyday lives in the midst of global processes? This ethnographic study situates childhood and adolescence as social forms within the changing family and political structures of the complex urban world of Caracas, Venezuela.
The presence of youngsters on the streets of Caracas embodies social contradictions at the national level, and this book discusses how these contradictions are played out in an oil-producing nation afflicted with hyperinflation generalized corruption, the deterioration of public services, increasing poverty, and violence. Vivid life stories told by street children themselves portray their relations with family and friends, as well as with people they encounter: police officers, journalists, social workers, and passersby at their local hangouts. The book also describes and analyzes the justice system and institutions for minors, illustrating the constant failures to respond to, contain, or lessen youth violence.
Subject Street children -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
Youth -- Venezuela -- Caracas -- Social conditions.
Social control -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
Violence -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
ISBN 0804734534 (cloth : alk. paper)