The rapidly expanding population of youth gangs and street children is one of the most disturbing issues in many cities around the world. These children are perceived to be in a constant state of destitution, violence and vagrancy, and therefore must be a serious threat to society, needing heavy-handed intervention and 'tough love' from concerned adults to impose societal rms on them and turn them into responsible citizens. However, such rms are far from the lived reality of these children. The situation is further complicated by gender-based violence and masculinist ideologies found in the wider Ethiopian culture, which influence the proliferation of youth gangs. By focusing on gender as the defining element of these children's lives - as they describe it in their own words - this book offers a clear analysis of how the unequal and antagonistic gender relations that are tolerated and rmalized by everyday school and family structures shape their lives at home and on the street. Paula Heinen (nee Sinicco) is of Ethiopian/Italian parentage and grew up in Addis Ababa. She is College Lecturer in Gender Studies and the Anthropology of Development at Hertford, University of Oxford. Previously, she was Tutor and Visiting Fellows Program Coordinator at the International Gender Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Head of Research at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Paula Heinonen (nee Sinicco) is of Ethiopian/Italian parentage and grew up in Addis Ababa. She was Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Head of Research at the Centre for Training and Research on Women in Development, University of Addis Ababa, from 1996 to 2001. She is currently Tutor and Visiting Fellows Program Coordinator at the International Gender Studies Centre, University of Oxford.