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MELO, Maria de Fatima Aranha de Queiroz e. Methodological controversies in social psychology: reviewing postures in the field. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2013, vol.25, n.1, pp.19-29. ISSN 1807-0310.

This paper intends to present a fragment of a study about the popular kite trick - traditional playful activity that survives in our days among children and young people - mobilizing methodological controversies found in research field and placing in check the position of researchers, the actors roles while co-authors of our histories and ethical implications of our choices in the way to approach our searched. We have used Actor-Network Theory as theoretician methodological bedding, searching to exercise one practice of research supported in a necessary and inherent courtesy to the construction of the knowledge, idea defended by Despret and Latour. For these authors, one research would be valid only if, at its end, the involved parts would have been differentiated in relation as they were in its beginning.

Keywords : playful practices; Actor-Network study; methodological controversies.

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