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A Garland of BonesChild Runaways in India$
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Jonah Steinberg

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300222807

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300222807.001.0001

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Home and the World

Home and the World

Village and Child Up Close

(p.32) Two Home and the World
A Garland of Bones

Jonah Steinberg

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the quotidian and local conditions and features of the homes and villages that the children leave, and, through a few individuals' stories traced in depth, introduces readers to the idiosyncratic diversity within and structural connections between children's departures and trajectories. It suggests that runaways are fleeing not so much the misery of poverty directly, but something a little more oblique and indirect: a stress placed by historical poverty on families and translated into abuse and emotional strain. The chapter concludes with an exploration of what happens to “home” in the longer range, over time and when children return or do not.

Keywords:   child runaways, northern India, homes, child departure, poverty, stress

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