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Revista Polis e Psique

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MALDONADO, Cecilia Montes. Agentes do sistema de proteção no Uruguai: sentidos de cuidado. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2019, vol.9, n.3, pp.190-212. ISSN 2238-152X.

The article analyzes the meanings that the agents of the social protection system for children and adolescents in Uruguay attribute to care. The research design is qualitative and a descriptive, indepth, case study with ethnographic approach is carried out along a corpus of interviews, documents, observations, and a field-notes journal. The results show six categories; structure and resources, needs, rights, construction of daily life, family, and discharge of the system that envolve the reflections about care in this institutional context. Within the conclusions is visualized the heterogeneity of meanings influenced by the roles and positions that are occupied, trainment and centers where they perform. And the importance of a redefinition of the ethics of care in the protection system, the allocation of resources for an effective materiality of care and the urgency of implementing a deinstitutionalization project.

Keywords : care; social protection; children and youth; state agents; Uruguay.

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