9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Open Stream Building II, C6.01

A short trajectory of research in strange territories

A short trajectory of research in strange territories

The understanding of issues related to Infancy invoke more and more the impact of economic social and cultural globalization on the Children's Life. However, this reference is not always accompanied by clarification about how we think the relations between these two universes of concern and social knowledgement. We will reflect about that relation, considering the results and dificulties that we found in our research practice as one team of this project about social-symbolic production of the infancy [1]. The process of generation of data about how the Children has being constructed as object and /or as subject, in the international, european and national political documents in this permited us to observe this relationship. In this comunication we will intend to share some results and issues that emerged in the our first analsys of the national documents. We also bring to the discussion about decisions with which we overcome obstacles due to the multiplicity of sources and to the diversity of functions and languages constituent of this material. We hope that the mention and discussion about this obstacles that, at the first moment, discouraged us in the exploration of this area, may raise the interest for this macro social relations, that we found as the place where it is necessary to claim that the increase of children?s visibility, corresponds to the improvement of their living conditions and participation as citzens.

[1] The referred data are related with the area of politics of the ongoing research project, called ?A Infância e a sua educação nas políticas internacionais, europeias e nacionais, nas produções académicas e nos currículos de formação inicial de educadoras de infância e professores do 1º ciclo do ensino básico (1995-2005)?, supported by FCT (POCTI/CED/61355/2004), members of research team from Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação of Oporto University, Education departments of the Universities of Aveiro and Minho.