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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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LIBARDI, Suzana Santos  and  CASTRO, Lucia Rabello de. Childhood protection in Brazil: a critical perspective on intergenerational relations. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp. 895-914. ISSN 1808-4281.

This work aims at presenting a historically-based discussion of the notion of childhood protection in Brazil. Furthermore, the notion of protection is presented in the scope of intergenerational relations, between adults and children, in order to answer the question: How does the idea of childhood protection shape the intergenerational relations between adults and children in the contemporary Brazil? As elements of this discussion, we present the racialized and class-oriented constitutive bias of the emergence of the notion of protection in the country, producing two main consequences: its difficulty to guide, nowadays, practices of child care which are compatible with the notion of the child as a subject of rights; its difficulty to consolidate childhood as a universal generational category including all children in this unity.

Keywords : protection; childhood; intergenerational relations; generation.

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