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MARCHI, Rita de Cássia. Gender, childhood and relations of power: epistemological questions. Cad. Pagu [online]. 2011, n.37, pp. 387-406. ISSN 0104-8333.

This article relates the peripheral positions of woman and child in the scientific field and the current epistemological difficulties towards the emancipation of childhood as a conceptually autonomous sociological category. These difficulties are similar to the resistance encountered some years ago by "feminist studies" to establish gender as a new category of analysis. Childhood is a phenomenon permeated, in the social field, by asymmetric relations of power and action between generations and, in the scientific field, by the adult-focused and predominantly masculine (androcentric) perspective of knowledge.

Keywords : Childhood Social Studies; Gender Studies; Epistemology.

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