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From Ecstasy to Agony and Back

From Ecstasy to Agony and Back
Journeying with Adolescents on the Street

First Edition
  • Barnabe D'Souza - Don Bosco Balprafulta and Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai, India

December 2011 | 252 pages | SAGE India
From Ecstasy to Agony and Back presents the journey of an adolescent street drug-addict—from psychological brokenness resulting from family disruption to the process of mending; from abuse, trauma and vulnerability to building up of self-esteem, talents and personality; and finally to the process of moving off the streets.

Based on the author's experience of working with the street children for 26 years, the book explores the universe of street children interestingly yet empathetically. The author discusses laws and policies affecting street children, root causes and their effects on them and their families, the various stakeholders like agencies, employers and institutions involved in their care and guidance.

The participatory action research discussed here views children as their own psychologists, creating meanings for themselves out of their own experiences and understanding. By taking ownership of their actions, street children begin to structure their moving off the streets, facilitating their rehabilitation and reintegration into society, thereby improving their status.

Through the Mist: Introduction

Shadows and Silhouettes: Self-worth

Defining Images: Personal Ownership

In Transition: Moving off the Street

Shifting Frontiers: Organizational Issues

The Resurgent Self-the A-ha Experience: Mindsets

The Enduring Image: Conclusion


The author has done commendable work in observing in detail the internal dynamics of children on the street and how these forces influence the construction of their identities...The book is a useful resource for students of Social Work, Urban Studies, Child and Adolescent Studies as well as Social Work practitioners who are at the stage of formulating or implementing an intervention model for street children. This analysis of a therapeutic model can fill the gaps existing in practice, to ensure child- centred treatment and rehabilitation.

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 47, 21 July 2012

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ISBN: 9788132107033