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Conquistadores de la Calle: Child Street Labor in Guatemala City
 
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Conquistadores de la Calle: Child Street Labor in Guatemala City [Kindle Edition]

Thomas A. Offit

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The first comprehensive, book-length study of its kind, "Conquistadores de la Calle" presents the findings of nearly two years of ethnographic research on the streets of Guatemala City, toppling conventional wisdom that the region's youth workers are solely victims, or that their labor situations are entirely the result of poverty and family breakdown. Documenting the voices and experiences of the city's working children, this fascinating study reveals counterintuitive motivations for those who choose to abandon schooling in favour of participating more fully in their families' economies. The processes of developing skills and planning for their social and economic futures are covered in depth, presenting evidence that many members of this population operate well above survival level and are decidedly not marginalized or members of an underclass."Conquistadores de la Calle" also makes important distinctions between these young workers - a generation of Maya and Ladino boys and girls - and the homeless children or gang youth who have been so much more widely studied.
Contextualizing a variety of data, ranging from detailed ethnographic portraits of the children's lives and the monthly income of children engaged in common street vocations (such as shining shoes or serving as porters) to educational histories and socialization activities, Thomas Offit has produced a rich trove of findings in a significant segment of urban economics that is tremendously important for anthropologists, Latin Americanists, and those interested in the lives and labors of children in the cities of the developing world.

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The first comprehensive, book-length study of its kind, "Conquistadores de la Calle" presents the findings of nearly two years of ethnographic research on the streets of Guatemala City, toppling conventional wisdom that the region's youth workers are solely victims, or that their labor situations are entirely the result of poverty and family breakdown. Documenting the voices and experiences of the city's working children, this fascinating study reveals counterintuitive motivations for those who choose to abandon schooling in favour of participating more fully in their families' economies. The processes of developing skills and planning for their social and economic futures are covered in depth, presenting evidence that many members of this population operate well above survival level and are decidedly not marginalized or members of an underclass."Conquistadores de la Calle" also makes important distinctions between these young workers - a generation of Maya and Ladino boys and girls - and the homeless children or gang youth who have been so much more widely studied.

Contextualizing a variety of data, ranging from detailed ethnographic portraits of the children's lives and the monthly income of children engaged in common street vocations (such as shining shoes or serving as porters) to educational histories and socialization activities, Thomas Offit has produced a rich trove of findings in a significant segment of urban economics that is tremendously important for anthropologists, Latin Americanists, and those interested in the lives and labors of children in the cities of the developing world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2565 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: University of Texas Press (1. November 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00466IOKM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very Enjoyable for Anyone 18. Mai 2009
Von Katherine M. Nentrup - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dr. Thomas A. Offit's book is a fantastic example of classical anthropology, which is unfortunately vanishing in the field of indigenous and urbanization anthropology. He uses a fascinating approach in ethnographic fieldwork, which engages the reader, while being very intellectually written. I recommended every professor to assign this book for their students to read. I believe that any student, either an intro level class or a graduate student, would gain an anthropological understanding of ethnographical research, Latin American culture, Third World economics, urban street culture, and anthropological technique. Unlike so many other books assigned to students, I believe students would actually retain the information from Offit's book and finish it because it is so pleasurable to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A compelling book on an important subject 29. Mai 2009
Von L. Spiegel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Conquistadores de la Calle is a rare work of scholarship. It is thoroughly researched, carefully reasoned, and beautifully written. The book seamlessly integrates a nuanced examination of particular individuals' experiences with a convincing analysis of the local, national, and global factors that affect those experiences. The author's conclusions are surprising but ultimately compelling, and his respect for the people he discusses illuminates the book. This book will be a valuable resource for specialists in the field. And it is a fascinating read for anyone interested in understanding more about a complex topic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Thought-Provoking Study 18. Mai 2009
Von Gupnoyup - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Offit's book offers an in-depth and thoughtful look at child street labor that captures the voices of his young subjects. Willing to break with conventional notions about child labor, Offit utilizes intensive research to suggest that working on the streets may be the best of bad options for the children of Guatemala. Sure to provoke further research and debate, Conquistadores de la Calle is certainly worth reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insightful inside look at Modern child labor in the new global economy - Great Guatemela travelogue too! 4. Juni 2009
Von Bridget - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A fascinating inside look at the true lives of modern child labor as seen through the microcosm of current day Guatemala City street markets.

This book is a reality check for anyone who has ever wondered about (or pitied) young workers on the streets in developing countries and assumed that these children could only be seen as victims of poverty and exploitation. Instead, this work shines a light on the children's life "choice" to take control of their own lives through the self-sufficiency of honest street labor. These children are, in fact, empowering themselves and taking steps towards creating a better future. They develop real world knowledge and valuable skills to provide for their own economic (and often extended family networks) survival and success.

I personally appreciated this book as someone who believes that regardless of their socio-economic status in the world, children's "work" and contributions are consistently undervalued. The author illustrates the enormous scope of knowledge and skills that can be learned outside of the westernized formal, public school systems, and that those systems can and should be completely re-evaluated in modern day society (Montessori, John Holt, etc).

The stories in the book are a testament to these children's intelligence, work ethic and social skills in adapting for their surival. I only hope I could do as well if I were in their shoes!

The author points out that with the rapidly crashing global economy, the child street laborer will unfortunately be a much more common sight in cities all over the planet, not just lower economic, developing countries. Of particular note was the research on the development of the the multi-locale households w/the resource interdependent/intertwined multi-generational and extended family networks. I feel that all Americans should be taking notes from this book for what could possibly be our near future.

This book supports that we need closer examination of our attitudes and understanding about what types of things are needed for survival i.e. what is deemed a valid "education," and ultimately, what is a "successful" life.

Conquistadores De La Calle is a great read for educators, child development researchers, globe trekkers, adventurous tourists, armchair travelers, historians and anthropologists/ethnographers alike.

Entertaining,with colorfully written and beautifully detailed portraits, the book describes scenes of shoe-shine boys in marble-shooting contests, salsa music filled streets, food stalls full of exotic dishes sold by young girls in traditional ethnic costumes, seedy hustlers and criminals, rural agricultural migrant farm families and more.

A brilliant researched and detailed book - I enjoyed it tremendously.
5.0 von 5 Sternen great 5. April 2014
Von Callum Leneman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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i ordered a book and i got a book! great. i'm glad that what i asked for showed up. and it wasn't something else.
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it denies children the opportunity for education and socialization in their most appropriate environment, namely, the formal educational system. &quote;
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define child street laborers as children under eighteen years of age who are engaged on a full-time basis in a variety of occupations-primarily the sale of foodstuffs and dry goods and the provision of basic services-that take place in the public streets and parks and for which the children are paid. &quote;
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Thus almost all of the child street laborers in Guatemala live in Guatemala City, belong to the Maya ethnic group, and are recent migrants themselves or the children of first-generation immigrants2 &quote;
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