Psicologia & Sociedade
On-line version ISSN 1807-0310
PEREZ, Beatriz Corsino; POVOA, Juliana; MONTEIRO, Renata and CASTRO, Lucia Rabello de. Citizenship and social participation: a study with children in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.20, n.2, pp. 181-191. ISSN 1807-0310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822008000200005.
The objective of this work is to investigate the process children use to transform the city, being able therefore to construct a feeling of identification and appreciation towards the city they inhabit. It is through these sentimental transformations and the action of the subjects that the citizenship can be structured, based on the participation of children in a community. We conducted a workshop in a school in Rio de Janeiro, with 24 children aged between 7 and 8, in which we intended to accompany these children in the process of making a newspaper about their district. Along the workshop, they were able to build a new subjective and collective position when they searched for common sense to what they see and experience in the city, besides being able to wander in the city in a different way, playing different roles such as photographers, interviewers and researchers. We concluded that citizenship is constructed as a set of feelings and actions, as children may participate more actively in the establishment of bonds with those who they share the urban space with and, throughout narrativization, they can re-elaborate the notion of the city as a common place.
Keywords : Citizenship; city; participation; childhood.