Negotiating social identities: the influence of gender, age and ethnicity on young people’s ‘Street Careers’ in Tanzania
Evans, R. (2006) Negotiating social identities: the influence of gender, age and ethnicity on young people’s ‘Street Careers’ in Tanzania. Children's Geographies, 4 (1). pp. 109-128. ISSN 1473-3277
To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/14733280600577533
This paper explores the diverse ways that children and young people negotiate their social identities and construct their life course trajectories on the street, based on ethnographic research with street children in Tanzania. Drawing on the concept of a ‘street career’, I show how differences of age, gender and ethnicity intersect with the time spent on the street, to influence young people’s livelihood strategies, use of public space, access to services, and adherence to cultural rites of passage. Using the notion of ‘gender performativity’, I analyse how young people actively reconfigure gender norms and the concept of ‘the family’ on the street.