Children's Rights in the Western Positivistic Model of Knowledge Production


  • Eduardo A. Arturo Capomassi



social policies, right of the childhood, development of the early childhood, human development, knowledge, organization, identity, positive state, citizenship


This paper is an exploration of the universal activity of perceiving daily experience. The aim is to understand complex processes such as the social organization, origins of inequality and injustice, and the individual and collective participation and responsibilities in such processes with special emphasis on children’s rights. The identification of the knowledge-organization-identity subsystem that propels human development and its background in philosophy, physics and biology served as the conceptual framework for this exploration. This framework was used for unfolding a critique of the Western positivistic model of knowledge production, based on the analysis of power, ethics, and legal subsystem roles. Subsequently, children’s rights are analyzed from a global perspective that demands the construction of new conceptual approaches. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0601250


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Author Biography

Eduardo A. Arturo Capomassi

Eduardo A. ARTURO CAPOMASSI es especialista de Desarrollo Institucional del Instituto Nacional de la Niñez y la Familia – INNFA, Quito, Ecuador. Facilita procesos de planificación, seguimiento y evaluación participativos sobre infancia y familia, integración e inclusión, trabajo infantil, mejoramiento de servicios. Trabaja en el tema "Coordinación y sistematización para la formación de políticas públicas".



How to Cite

Arturo Capomassi, E. A. (2006). Children’s Rights in the Western Positivistic Model of Knowledge Production. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(1).



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