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Title: The street and children’s informal economy in Cape Verde
Authors: Bordonaro, Lorenzo
Keywords: Cape Verde
Street Children
Child Migration
Issue Date: 10-Mar-2011
Abstract: Since the 1990s Cape Verde has undergone dramatic economic and political transformations that have brought about growing social class distinction. The two main towns (Praia and Mindelo) have grown rapidly in the last decades and their urban structure today reflects the increasing polarisation of the population. Middle and upper class families occupy the older parts of town and the recently built planned areas, while spontaneous neighbourhoods spread without planning on the less valuable land. It is in these latter areas that most social issues associated with childhood and youth have become highly visible in the last decade. In this article I will focus on children’s reasons for going to live on the streets of Mindelo, arguing that it is in terms of autonomous mobility within a non-heterogeneous and profoundly divided urban and social space that we can better understand what is commonly defined as the phenomenon of street children.
Peer reviewed: Não
Appears in Collections:CEI-CRN - Comunicações a conferências nacionais

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