9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Migrant Children and Integration Building II, C6.02

On the street: researching childhood and sexuality in Brazil.

This paper aims to discuss childhood and sexuality. Values like freedom, keenness and bravery arouse during my fieldwork with a group of street kids in Brazil. Our considerations (mine and the street kids?) focused representations about childhood and sexuality as those who could operate such values. Reflections over representations, on the Social Sciences scenario, about street kids and the possibilities of constructing an Anthropology of Childhood (s) took part, as well as considerations on various different age categories and concepts. In this sense, I try to understand how, for the group I
studied with, the perennial sexual disposition is a fundamental factor in the construction of both male and female identities in a way that the knowing- about- sex status constitutes proof and condition of being something more than a child. On the realm of sexuality as a means of acquiring a state of deeper knowledge and circulation through the "adult world", other questions are presented, aroused by the exercise of a positively valued active sexuality. In this sense, I try to present some methodological viewpoints concerning the research of "children" and childhood.