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This research uses an Interactionist approach to understand how children and youth in street situations in Nepal and elsewhere negotiate their social identity while confronted with dynamics of domination, labelling and violence. Their capability to survive on the street determines their career, which is also influenced by their capacity to play with the institutional network supposed to help or control them. Presenting a typology of the existing intervention system, this research will shed light on the existing gaps and the effect of conversion « back to the norm », carried out or encouraged by NGOs or public authorities.
Jean-Christophe Ryckmans is a Political Science Doctor (Paris 1-Sorbonne) directing projects for children and youth in street situations for the last 20 years. In Nepal mainly, but also in Burundi, Congo, Cambodia, India, etc., he analyses and intervenes with children, youth at risks and their families.