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SPOSITO, Marilia Pontes  and  CORROCHANO, Maria Carla. The hidden face of income transfer programs for young people in Brazil.Translated byDavid Alan Rodgers. Tempo soc. [online]. 2006, vol.2Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0103-2070.

Based on a broader analysis of the nature of recent public policies directed at youths in Brazil and on the conflicting orientations inherent in this field, this paper discusses the presuppositions contained in three public programs currently being implemented in the country: the Young Agent Project, the Voluntary Civil Service Program and the Work-Income Allowance Program. After an overview of each of these programs, including various aspects where they diverge, the analysis focuses on the paradoxes and ambiguities underlining their common format: the transfer of income linked to some kind of return commitment by the youngsters, usually a return to or continuation of schooling and the realization of socioeducational or community-type activities. While acknowledging the beneficial side of access to income, the paper warns of the possibility of disseminating new forms of domination based on the adoption of this model in public policies directed at youngsters.

Keywords : Youth; Public policies; Socioeducational programs; Income transfer.

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