Children in Street Situations: A Complex Reality

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


One of the major difficulties in constructing a typology children in street situations (CSS), even a partial one, stems from the absence of a precise definition of CSS as they form a heterogeneous category. To use criteria such as family contact or street presence can be misleading. On the other hand, the notion of ‘career’ developed by the sociology of deviance proves useful as the factors affecting the child’s mobility between « fields » (family, assistance programme, school, street) are subjectively interpreted. A ‘definition’, in this case, shows to be less operational, and it is better to work with a model in order to construct a typology of CSS. The model discussed here is the « Child-Street System », which is composed of nine interactive dimensions with connections depending on the meanings given by the child to events. The identification of continuities and ruptures is indispensable in order to reconstruct and understand the biography of the child who leaves home.


Complexity Definition Typology Career Child-street system Biography Mobility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Lucchini
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  1. 1.Professor EmeritusUniversity of Fribourg Professor EmeritusCorminboeufSwitzerland

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