Brazilian Childhood Studies and relations to Children’s Rights

Human Rights for Children and Youth

ISBN: 978-1-78973-048-7, eISBN: 978-1-78973-047-0

ISSN: 1537-4661

Publication date: 7 October 2019


This text is the result of an extensive bibliographical research on the development of Childhood Studies in various regions of Brazil based on the understanding that childhood is a social discursive construction, as well as human rights, and both concepts are interlinked when the subject in focus is the children’s rights. According to research data while advances in the concept of childhood have supported specific child protection policies, the issue of marginalization and inequalities affecting children is some of the central matters developed within childhood studies in Brazil. In this article, we map the advances of childhood studies in Brazil and its relation to children’s rights. However, we may state that neither childhood nor children’s rights are still a reality for all Brazilian children, especially when considering other markers that have challenged the rights of our children, such as race, ethnicity, social class, and gender.




This study uses data from a Research Project supported by the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa de São Paulo – FAPESP [grant no. 2010/05187-3].


Abramowicz, A., Tebet, G.G.d.C. and Rodrigues, T.C. (2019), "Brazilian Childhood Studies and relations to Children’s Rights", Human Rights for Children and Youth (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. 24), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 59-77.

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