An anthropological study of street children in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, with special reference to their moral values

Abstract :

This study provides an ethnographic account of the street children in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, and places them in perspective globally and anthropologically. Members of the Hillbrow community appeared to be ambivalent about the street children, believing generally, that the children’s moral values did not accord with their own but hesitating to categorise their behaviour as immoral. The street children’s moral code was found to be not antithetical to that of the wider community. It appeared to derive from their home upbringing prior to street life and to have been instilled by female members of the household, notably mothers and grandmothers. It was concluded that the categorisation of the street children as a “muted group” would most adequately portray the relationship between them and their host community. A close correspondence was found in the etiology for, and lifestyle of, the Hillbrow street children and street children elsewhere in the world.



Author Swart JM
Date Accessioned 2016-09-22T11:51:45Z
Date Available 2016-09-22T11:51:45Z
Date Created 1985
Identifier URL 1989
Language English
Subject Anthropology (Ethnology, Social anthropology)
Subject 2 Anthropology (Ethnology, Social anthropology)
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Degree Type Masters degree
Degree Description  MA