Even though the popular belief is that vulnerable children are not mature enough to confront the world, through understanding their identity and collaborating in the authorship of a shared narrative, they can recognize their past and actively appropriate their world, dramatically inspiring actions that improve people's lives and the organizations with which they are affiliated. In this sense, this study examines the identity of children through their narratives, their appropriation of the world, and their influence in people's lives and organizations. The study follows critical hermeneutical participatory inquiry (Herda 1999) and has been informed by the works of Ricoeur, Habermas, and Kearny. From this perspective, the study finds that the policies of international organizations that deal with working children are not paying attention to working children's ipse and idem; working allows children to appropriate a world that validates who they are; children that live in extreme circumstances of violence and poverty have an intuitive impulse to search for a different kind of life; and the repression of children's identity turns into a struggle to search for the connectedness of life.
|School:||University of San Francisco|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, School counseling, Latin American Studies, Public policy, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Haiti, Identity, Imagination, Latin America, Paraguay, Peru, Social movement, Street children, Working children|
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