Gender, childhood and relations of power: epistemological questions

Rita de Cássia Marchi

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.

Childhood Social Studies; Gender Studies; Epistemology

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