by Chris Valentino
Dr. Fr Barnabe D’Souza, sdb, Don Bosco Balprafulta and Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai have authored a new book, From Ecstasy to Agony and Back. The 252 page book is published by SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd, with ISBN 9788132107033 & is priced at $39.95
From Ecstasy to Agony and Back presents the journey of an adolescent street drug-addict—from psychological brokenness resulting from family disruption to the process of mending; from abuse, trauma and vulnerability to building up of self-esteem, talents and personality; and finally to the process of moving off the streets.
Based on the author’s experience of working with the street children for 26 years, the book explores the universe of street children interestingly yet empathetically. The author discusses laws and policies affecting street children, root causes and their effects on them and their families, the various stakeholders like agencies, employers and institutions involved in their care and guidance.
The participatory action research discussed here views children as their own psychologists, creating meanings for themselves out of their own experiences and understanding. By taking ownership of their actions, street children begin to structure their moving off the streets, facilitating their rehabilitation and reintegration into society, thereby improving their status.
The Contents of the book:
Through the Mist: Introduction
Shadows and Silhouettes: Self-worth
Defining Images: Personal Ownership
In Transition: Moving off the Street
Shifting Frontiers: Organizational Issues
The Resurgent Self-the A-ha Experience: Mindsets
The Enduring Image: Conclusion