• Daniel Stoecklin
  • Riccardo Lucchini
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 21)


Departing from the usual explanation in terms of poverty and family problems, the concept «children in street situations » casts light on the social construction and the historical stigmatization of «street children». This “concept in search of an object” introduces to a series of «processual objects», shifting focus from individuals to an «object» – a social process – experienced by them. Closer to symbolic interactionism and pragmatism, the approach goes beyond phenomenological perspective by considering that the object is neither the child as a subject of rights nor the society, but rather the social process that links them together. This allows to highlight the agency of CSS as actors that are simultaneously exposed to situations they are co-constructing with diverse survival strategies. The ‘objects’ that are thus constructed by social actors are considered the result of an evolving structure of pertinences.


Children Street Situations Object Process Agency Pertinences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Stoecklin
    • 1
  • Riccardo Lucchini
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Children’s Right StudiesUniversity of GenevaBramois/SionSwitzerland
  2. 2.Professor EmeritusUniversity of Fribourg Professor EmeritusCorminboeufSwitzerland

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