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Children's street culture refers to the cumulative culture created by young children. Collectively, this body of knowledge is passed down from one generation of urban children to the next, and can also be passed between different groups of children (e.g. in the form of crazes, such as making guys for Bonfire Nightsee Beck 1984). It is often strongest in urban working class industrial districts where children are traditionally free to "play out" (thus creating Children's street culture) in the streets for long periods without supervision. It is most common in children between the ages of seven and twelve.

It is not to be confused with the commercial media-culture produced for children (e.g., comics, television, mass-produced toys, and clothing), although it may overlap. Children's street culture is invented and largely sustained by children themselves, although it may come to incorporate fragments of media culture and toys in its activities. It can also incorporate scavenged materials such as old car seats, tyres, planks, bricks, etc.




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