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Grant number: 14/03203-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2014
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Specific topics in Education
Principal researcher:Agueda Bernardete Bittencourt
Grantee:Vinicius Parolin Wohnrath
Home Institution: Faculdade de Educação (FE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/51829-0 - Catholic congregations, education and National State in Brazil, AP.TEM


This research aims to understand the construction of children's Rights in Brazil and the participation of Catholic intellectuals into this process. The following hypotheses are examined: i) the agents of the Church acquired prestige at the time of the democratic opening in 1980, negotiating the legal production; and ii) in defense of the integral protection of children, Catholic leaders organized the social work of the clergy (Pastoral da Criança and Pastoral do Menor), mobilized public opinion and made political lobbying. Taking as object the promulgation of constitutional articles and the Law 8.069/1990 (ECA), the study will observe how children's Rights were legitimized by the state and by the actions of religious activists interested in this public acknowledgment. From the intersection of trajectories of Zilda Arns Neumann, D. Arns and D. Luciano Mendes de Almeida, the networks will be investigated, signed institutional pressures and commitments. Their ethos, habitus, discourses, practices, family backgrounds and capitals will be used to understand how personal, religious or public interests have been blurred in the production of legal rules. I will take as sources: biographical dictionaries, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs and other documents stored in the repositories of the Chamber, Federal Senate, File Edgard Leuenroth/Unicamp, Curia of São Paulo and CNBB.

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WOHNRATH, Vinicius Parolin. Constituting the New Republic: Catholic agents in the National Assembly 1987-88. 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Faculdade de Educação Campinas, SP.

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