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SOUSA, Sonia M. Gomes  and  PINHEIRO, Jordana. Low income families, social inequality and disputes involving children: guarantee or violation of rights?. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.2, pp. 805-819. ISSN 1677-1168.

This article aims to present the meanings attributed by the interviewees, law professionals working in Family and Children’s Law, about the role played by the family in litigations involving children. The interviewed professionals frequently pointed the family "failures" as motivators of judicial intervention in children’s lives, the excess of exposure, the resulting tension and the potential development of trauma in the children assisted by the Judiciary. The interviews aim at identifying the contradictions surrounding this role, which sometimes turns out to be either a guarantee or a violator of the rights. Such contradictions express the severe distance that still separates the child from the effective implementation of public policies that fully reassure their rights, especially with regard to children from low income classes affected by social inequality. The Sociohistorical Psychology of Vygotsky, a critical perspective that admits contradiction and aspires the transformation of social relations is the guideline to carry out the analysis as well as the theoretical base of this study.

Keywords : Sociohistorical Psychology; Child rights; Dialectic social exclusion/inclusion; System of rights and guarantees; Popular class families.

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