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A sociological profile of street children in ankara

Pehlivanlı, Ezgi
This thesis draws a profile of children who work/ live on the streets of Ankara relying on children’s life histories and social workers’ opinions about the situation in the context of Social Exclusion. Social is a new concept, was first used in 1960’s around Europe in order to define the groups, who are faced to material and socio-cultural deprivation due to the difficulties experienced by the Welfare States. This study assumes that street children can be explained in the context of social exclusion. Employing qualitative methods, this study main aim of this study is to understand the reasons for children to start working on street. After the introductory chapter, Chapter II provides a theoretical framework, in which street children and the concept of social exclusion are examined. Chapter III focuses on the findings from the life histories of children who work/live on streets of Ankara. Chapter IV contains the information about the interviews with social workers and a comparison part, in which two types of information, is analyzed in the context of Social Exclusion.