Aboubacar Barry : african modernity and street children

In Black Africa, the present transformation in social structures and the deficit of cultural tools for symbolization and integration produce wasted family members condemned to err in the streets of major urban centers. These street children take the place of that which must be put at the outskirts of membership groups, in order that they may function as communities; they take the place of that which must be set aside for an interior to be able to constitute itself. It is as though the area of exclusion and transgression spreads within an inhabited area, in its thoroughfares, or at least what should be its thoroughfares, and its places of exchange.