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Displaced children’s participation in political violence: towards greater understanding of mobilisation<sup>1</sup>

Jason Hart

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0005
Displaced children’s participation in political violence: towards greater understanding of mobilisation1

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This chapter looks at the way in which displaced children may take part in political violence, including the young people often described as ‘child soldiers’. It examines how their activity is often explained away in terms of child immaturity or adult exploitation, and argues instead for a greater respect for such young people's understanding and agency, and for a more rigorous analysis of the conditions in which they live their lives over time. It also asks that research and policy examine the interaction between the lives of children displaced by conflict around the world and the policies of Western governments, which simultaneously feed the conflict and define those displaced as unwanted ‘asylum seekers’.

Keywords: displaced children; political violence; child soldiers; adult exploitation; conflict; asylum seekers

Chapter.  7006 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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