Homeless and Street-Connected Childhoods: Contemporary Challenges within International Convention Frameworks

Dimitrina Kaneva, Su Lyn Corcoran

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Conceptualisations of homeless and/or street-connected children are tied to national and international policy language and environments governing notions of what childhood is and its interpretation and understanding in local contexts. In this chapter, we aim to explore what it means to be homeless–a term used in connection with children predominantly in high income countries (HICs)–and street-connected–used in contexts in all countries. Both these descriptors engage with particular discourse(s) about how children are labelled that should be interrogated and critiqued. In doing so, we contextualise the evolution of normative notions of childhood in relation to children’s place and their physical and political positioning in society. The discussion encompasses key childhood studies concepts such as agency and voice in light of international policy development and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as well as in relation to rising poverty levels on a global scale and its consequences for children’s living situations and access to healthy and safe living conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Global Childhoods
EditorsNicola J. Yelland, Lacey Peters, Nikki Fairchild, Marek Tesar, Michelle S. Pérez
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781529762099, 9781529757194
ISBN (Print)9781529717815
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021


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