Four decades of Brazilian and international research on street children

A meta-narrative review

Keywords: street children, street youth, research, Brazil, review

Abstract

The last 40 years has yielded a vast body of literature on street children. In this article, we reflect on the knowledge accumulated by several generations of scholars and across two bodies of research. The article’s aim is twofold: 1) To conduct a meta-narrative review, mapping out the contours of Brazilian and Anglophone literature on street children since the 1980s until today. 2) To bridge these two bodies of literature through reflections on similarities and differences. In so doing, we identify some overall tendencies in which street children have been described, debated, and theorized and bridge the two bodies of literature that often remain separated.

Author Biographies

Marit Ursin

Associate Professor, PhD
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norway
E-mail: marit.ursin@ntnu.no

Irene Rizzini

Professor, PhD
Department of Social Work, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
E-mail: irizzini.pucrio.ciespi@gmail.com

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Ursin, M., & Rizzini, I. (2021). Four decades of Brazilian and international research on street children: A meta-narrative review. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 16(1), 7-37. https://doi.org/10.31265/jcsw.v16i1.367
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