Educating Street Children: Some cross-cultural perspectives

IRVING EPSTEIN
1996 Comparative Education  
A BS TRAC T This paper analyzes various institutional responses to homelessness among children and youth as a m eans of better understanding the w orkings of the neo-liberal state, both in the developing and the developed world. T his is a fruitful exercise because the culture of the street is unique and is dif® cult to reconcile with the predom inant values of state-sponsored institutions. In making this argum ent, the Am erican and Brazilian cases are speci® cally discussed, as they are seen
more » ... , as they are seen as representative of neo-liberalism in the developed and developing world. Although each case includes signi® cant differences, a major contradiction of neo-liberalism, with particular reference to its promotion of sym bolic political and social inclusivity, while simultaneously relying upon coercive and exclusionary institutional practice, is highlighted.
doi:10.1080/03050069628722 fatcat:ypokl7tdwvemlmydisgukz35aq