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Revista de Salud Pública

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SANCHEZ-SUAREZ, Diana M; GIRALDO-PUERTA, Alexandra; GIRALDO-PINEDA, Álvaro  and  FORERO-PULIDO, Constanza. Sharing and distrusting: street merchants' view of children in street situations. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.3, pp.391-403. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v18n3.41104.

Objective To understand the meanings, through the description of experiences that street merchants have of their interactions with children in a street situation in downtown of Medellin in 2013. Methodology Qualitative investigation with ethnographic approach. Observations were made in the zone at different times of the day. Twelve interviews with street merchants were held in their work places. Records were kept in a field journal. Results The street merchants and children in street situations share the same space. Both groups try to survive and their relationship is mediated by the trust-distrust that is established between them. The coexistence generates ambivalent feelings. For the street merchants, children in street situations are the result of abandonment by the family, the state and society. They live in a hard world in which they are exposed to a series of risks that they must face. Conclusion The interaction between street merchants and children in street situations is good to the extent that conflicts are avoided, establishing norms of coexistence. The element that determines this relationship is trust-distrust. In trust, strong affective ties are generated, considering each other family. Distrust generates a preventative attitude.

Keywords : Workers; homeless youth; trust; interpersonal relations; anthropology; cultural.

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