The Social Bond and Sociability on the Street

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


Children in street situations are characterised by a high spatial mobility and the short duration of their social relationships, which can be intense or superficial. Alternation of numerous and changing personal partnerships reproduce the relatively diffuse nature of social roles under conditions of survival. Hence, the divide between of public and private spheres, a product of modern industrialised societies, does not suit to the living conditions of the marginalised social classes from which CSS come. Instead of a hierarchical, strongly-organised gang which maintains stability over time, what seems to exist is rather networks, near-groups and dyads, but it does not rule out the existence of more integrated groups. The intensity of membership varies depending on the street careers of CSS. Life on the street is violent, and violence produces victims. Different victimization and emancipation processes are analysed, along with the ethics of the street, as there is no reason to claim that CSS are lacking moral sense.


Social bond Sociability Membership Alternation Ethics Group 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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