Analysis of the Brazilian production of theses and dissertations about recyclable material pickers according to the conception of science in the XXI century

4th CIRIEC International Research Conference on Social Economy University of Antwerp, 24-26 October 2013

Resumo :

Starting from the idea that the logic of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy follows the development of the concept of what science is, and using as parameter for analysis the phases in which this development was divided from the Post-War period, in the mid-twentieth century, to the present time, this work aims to take outcomes from a quantitative research of theses and dissertation productions on the theme of the recyclable material pickers, considering the terms “picker” and “recyclable” related to other specific ones (co-operative, solidary economy, family and mental health).

For its development it has been used the Bank of Theses and Dissertations of the Coordination of Higher Education Personnel Improvement, via the search option « subject » and the definition « all terms ». From the searching result, data have been analyzed and then it could be demonstrated the evolution of the productions per year as well as the multidisciplinarity related to the theme due to different types of Graduate Programs involved. It has been observed that works on the general theme (represented by the terms “picker” and “recyclable” both combined), detected since 1996 and combined with the specific themes, began to be registered in combination with the specific since 1999, coinciding with the transition to the current XXI century context, called « Science For Society’s Welfare », a concept still under construction. It has also been possible to associate the period of onset of the theses and dissertations with these terms to important moments on the development of the history of the pickers, the solidary economy movement and the Brazilian Science and Technology Policy. It is hoped that the results of this study may serve as a guide and database for future researches, as well as enhance reflections on this scientific moment which coincides with a growing pursuit of social welfare.

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