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Key thinkers in childhood studies$
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Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308072

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308072.001.0001

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Irene Rizzini

Irene Rizzini

(p.189) Nineteen Irene Rizzini
Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

Irene Rizzini’s commitment to working for children arises from her own experiences in childhood and the difficult political situation in Brazil, which turned her towards activism on behalf of social justice. In the interview she describes the need for research and information on children in Brazil, which she has tried to meet through conducting her own research, her establishment of research centres and her investment in the training of young researchers. She describes her ongoing commitment to the disadvantaged children of Brazil and how she has tried to bring public attention to their situation and how she has set about changing public attitudes and misconceptions. Professor Rizzini has also spent time in informing minority world researchers about Brazil and South America as well as helping to boost research capacity in South America and the global south.

Keywords:   Brazil, South America, childhood, children, researchers, minority world, global south, activism, social justice

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