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LAW, FAMILY AND POLICIES FOR STREET CHILDREN IN BRAZIL

GISÁLIO CERQUEIRA FILHO and GIZLENE NEDER

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 12, issue 3, pages 279-287
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/12.3.279
LAW, FAMILY AND POLICIES FOR STREET CHILDREN IN BRAZIL

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It is only recently that people have begun to study families in Brazil and many data are incomplete. This paper, however, tries to bring together some of the most important issues which have emerged from these studies and to consider their implications for social and political approaches to child care and the family. It emphasizes the complexity of developing family policy in a society where the legal tradition has been transplanted from another continent and applied to a situation whose multi-ethnic and multi-cultural population has had little historical time to establish its own approach (Neder 1994). The result has been the imposition of the particular ideologies of the hegemonic social forces in Brazil - land owners, the Catholic Church and the emerging industrial and financial bourgeoisie - derived from the western Christian tradition of patriarchal religious marriage. It has created forms of professional practice which are deeply intolerant of the other cultural traditions in Brazil, particularly the Afro-Brazilian, which are dismissed as irregular families.

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