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MADEIRA, Rosa. Reconstruction of childhood as legacy and locus for life significance. Perspectiva [online]. 2005, vol.23, n.01, pp.79-114. ISSN 0102-5473.

Infancy has always been understood as the proper time for children’s development and socialization. In this article we will approach infancy as a point of anchorage and source of meaning for life histories, narratives that has been constructed as a way of acceptance or refusal of identities defined by circumstances of poverty and social subordination. The Sociology of infancy is the article’s theoretical reference and its aim is to argue about the impact of structural social inequality - which has been silenced by a rhetoric that does not contextualize the debates on children’s rights - by reviewing auto-biographical narratives of women born between 1906 e 1988 in a family of Portugal’s central coast region.

Keywords : Infancy; Children; Social Aspects; Formation.

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