Item description for Beyond The Victim: The Politics and Ethics of Empowering Cairo's Street Children by Kamal Fahmi...
Street children abandoned or runaway children living on their own can be found in cities all over the world, and their numbers are growing despite numerous international programs aimed at helping them. All too frequently, these children are viewed solely as victims or deviants to be rescued and rehabilitated. In Beyond the Victim, sociologist Kamal Fahmi draws on eight years of fieldwork with street children in Cairo to portray them in a much different and empowering light. Fahmi argues that, far from being mere victims or deviants, these children, in running away from alienating home lives and finding relative freedom in the street, are capable of actively defining their situations in their own terms. They are able to challenge the roles assigned to children, make judgments, and develop a network of niches and resources in a teeming metropolis such as Cairo. Fahmi suggests that social workers and others need to respect the agency the children display in changing their own lives. Rather than turning to collective advocacy on behalf of street children, social workers should empower them by encouraging their voluntary participation in non-formal educational activities. Based on his lengthy participatory action research (PAR) with these street children, Fahmi's analysis offers a vital contribution to the growing body of literature about this growing social phenomenon. Beyond the Victim is a powerful study of the lives of marginalized children in the largest city in the Middle East, and is sure to be of interest to activists, the NGO community, sociologists, anthropologists, and anyone interested in the issue of empowering excluded groups.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date May 18, 2007
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774160630 ISBN13 9789774160639
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More About Kamal Fahmi
Kamal Fahmi has a Ph.D. in social work from McGill University, Canada. In addition to teaching at McGill and the American University in Cairo, he works as an international consultant in child protection and education as well as in participative action-research methodologies.