- Taschenbuch: 244 Seiten
- Verlag: Univ of Texas Pr (25. März 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0292721501
- ISBN-13: 978-0292721500
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,2 x 22,9 cm
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Conquistadores de la Calle: Child Street Labor in Guatemala City (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. März 2010
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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. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Thomas A. Offit is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and has taught at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala City.
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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.