Building Citizenship in the Face of Violence

A. Hart and Rocio Mojica

in International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178425
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199958528 | DOI:
Building Citizenship in the Face of Violence

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In many countries there has recently been a dramatic change in the way children are viewed by many of the agencies that work with them. One major change is the increasing recognition that vulnerable children actively contribute to their own survival and coping, and that protecting children does not imply that we treat them as passive victims. This orientation to children was given an enormous international boost by the passage of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which includes the rights of children to have a voice on all matters that concern them. Colombia, a country that has long faced extremely high levels of violence, has been creatively developing new ways of building a more participatory culture of citizenship, including many new ways of working with children and youth. This chapter reviews these experiences and asks what potential these initiatives may have both for individual children and more broadly for the building of civil society. Most of the literature on the participation of young people in war-affected countries concerns adolescence, but this chapter deals with the entire age range, because this is an innovative aspect of Colombia's contribution.

Keywords: Colombian youth; youth conflict; citizenship; youth violence; children

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Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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