FES | Federación Española de Sociología

XII Congreso de la FES

“And what to do with the children? \". Analysis of childhood place in Portuguese political parties (parliamentary elections 2015)

GT 17 Sociología de la Infancia

Catarina Almeida Tomás (Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa)
Natalia Fernandes (universidade do minho, braga, portugal)
Gabriela Trevisan (Escola Superior de Educação de Paula Frassinetti)
Sérgio Araújo (Universidade do Porto)


Sesión de comunicaciones orales Franja 3B : Políticas de protección a la infancia
Responsable(s): Kepa Paul Larrañaga Martínez (Asociación GSIA)
Tipo de sesión: Sesión de comunicaciones orales
Día: viernes, 1 de julio de 2016
Hora: 14:00 a 16:00
Lugar: 001

Children and childhood usually remain outside mainstream public policies as in other public arenas. The new political academic focus on children as active subjects of rights demands new ways to consider these citizens in all matters that affect them.

In the context of the austerity measures faced by countries under financial support programs, children has been one of the most seriously generational groups impacted by different them. As a consequence child poverty rates have reached numbers never seen and children’s risks towards poverty is also higher than in every other given decade. Public policies are understood has having a major impact in terms of reducing inequalities and vulnerability towards these austerity measures and the early intervention is one of the most claimed measures to avoid worse impacts in children’s wellbeing.

Considering this framework we found relevant to understand how, in a context of crisis, the political parties propose to move children’s rights to the center or not, what dimensions they consider more relevant, etc.

In order to achieve this we propose, based on documental analysis of the proposals that the different political parties running for general elections in Portugal in 2014 produced, to understand the place and visibility given to childhood in these proposals, considering in the analysis several dimensions, namely: i) childhood images in these proposals: child-subject or the child-object? ii) the shapes that provision, protection and participation rights assume in these proposals from different political parties; iii) the specificities that can be observed in these proposals about the economic crisis and its implications in childhood images.

Palabras clave: Crisis, Childhood, Participation, Portugal parliamentary elections 2015