Children, Youth and Environments
Vol. 16 No. 2 ( 2006)
From Participation to Empowerment: Critical Reflections on a Participatory Action Research Project with Street Children in Turkey
This paper is based on a three-year participatory action research (PAR) project conducted with children living and working on the streets of six Turkish metropolitan cities. We first examine how the dominant policy fails to acknowledge street children as actors in public space and review empowering methodology for working with street children. Second, we discuss the PAR methodology and how it facilitates meaningful participation by street children. Third, we consider how the project contributed to the inclusion of street children in public space. Finally, we review the role of PAR in empowering street children.