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Street Life under a RoofYouth Homelessness in South Africa$
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Emily Margaretten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039607

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039607.001.0001

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(p.175) Conclusion
Street Life under a Roof

Emily Margaretten

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter presents the endings to the stories of the Point Place youth, while highlighting the connections between everyday relatedness and companionship—or nakana—on the streets. Notably, a substantial number of the Point Place youth are still seeking shelter in the city center. Some of them had happy and hopeful endings, while many had perished. However, most of them returned to the streets since they have nowhere else to go. The chapter reviews the housing options for the urban poor, emphasizing the lived disparities between political rhetoric and practice that make the basic right of dignified life, including the right to shelter, an unlikely reality for South Africa's older street youth population.

Keywords:   Point Place youth, everyday relatedness, companionship, nakana, city centers, street life, urban poor, South Africa, street youth

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