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The control of childhood: ways of the medicalization

Grant number: 09/06839-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2010
Effective date (End): August 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Sociology of Health
Principal Investigator:Maria Lygia Quartim de Moraes
Grantee:Tatiana de Andrade Barbarini
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This project intends to question the treatment based in medications designated to children diagnosed with Attention Déficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), surching the basic suppositions that determinate it and developing a critical reflection about the psychiatric treatment basead in medicines as a form of violence against these children and as a form of control of their lives, and identifing it as biopower, according to the definition of this concept in Michel Foucault s theory. To achieve aim, we need to ask if ADHD is a disease and if it damages the child s physic, social and intellectual development, and if it can be cured to live a "normal" life. The medication as biopower does not only envolve the medical environment, but also legal aspects, the Constitutions, the Codes, the Declarations and the Statutes, which indicate the "more appropriate" forms of "how to live life". Because of that, I also propose the analisys of the Brazilian Legislation related to the mental health and, specially, the Child and Adolescent Statute, legal documents that present the interpretation and adjustment of the Human Rights in the brazilian reality, and approach how it deals with ADHD, directly and indirectly, and what are the consequences of this to the children diagnosed. (AU)

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BARBARINI, Tatiana de Andrade. The control of childhood: ways of the medicalization. 2011. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas Campinas, SP.

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