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|Title: ||SOCIAL CAPITAL AS A SURVIVAL MECHANISM: THE CASE OF SOME STREET CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN ADDIS ABABA|
|Authors: ||Asheber, Tsedey|
|Advisors: ||Dr. Taye Nigussie|
|Keywords: ||Social capital|
high risk on street of children and youth
|Copyright: ||2005 |
|Date Added: ||22-Apr-2008 |
|Publisher: ||Addis Ababa University|
|Abstract: ||The research focuses mainly on the social capital of street children and youth. This social
capital is used as a vital survival mechanism by these groups. The structure of the society that
supports them in their survival from the perspective of the street children and youth is one of
the areas of interest.
This research explores the informal social and economic networks created and used by street
children and youth in Addis Ababa in an effort to build opportunities for survival by studying
their everyday street lives. The research aims to explore the internal structure of the groups and
the relationship between those groups and the society through their interaction with external
persons and institutions. Networks and daily activities of children and adolescents living and
/or working on the streets of Addis Ababa were examined.
Topics covered include networks, groups, norms, trust, social support and intervention of the
institutions that support the street children and youth. Informal relationships within and outside
the family- relatives, friends and neighbours- are also examined to assess the society's social
capital. Family and personal socio economic backgrounds are also studied to give a full picture
of the situation of the street children and youth.
The approach used for this research includes both quantitative and qualitative which are
suitable for studying complex issues like social capital. Semi structured questionnaires, focus
group discussions and interviews were used to contextualize their everyday lives to reveal their
abilities as citizens for the nation's future, and to promote the society's efforts to support them
so that they become capable and loyal citizens.
Drawing on data collected through these methods, the paper describe social resources,
institutional experience, survival activities and problem behaviours and investigate differences
attributable to their street children and youth categories and their living situation (at home or
on the street).
The research shows that a complex system of social relations emerges on the street, with
children and youth revealing their assets and resilience to survive the harsh street life.
Therefore, this complexity of the street social world and of the children and youth's experience
has to be taken into account in intervention programmes designed to take children and youth
off the streets.|
|Description: ||A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTERS OF ARTS IN REGIONAL AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES|
|Appears in:||Thesis - Regional and Local Development|
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