This book lays bare the received truths about the lives of Brazilian street children.
During the past few years the street children of Brazil have drawn the attention of international groups and the media. Much of this attention has focused on what has been described as death-squad murders and exploitation by the police and the underworld of these youths. The attention has been so significant that street children have become a cultural symbol of Brazil as viewed by the world community. Hecht, an anthropologist, has published a study that is the result of fieldwork done in Recife and Olinda Pernambuco, Brazil, between 1992 and 1995. Using a variety of research tools, the author details the children's difficult lives, examining violence perpetrated against them and suggesting that mistreatment by police and family is of greater importance than that by the death squads. This book will be of value to libraries with strong Latin American collections and interest in international social issues.Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT