Edited by Mark A. Drumbl and Jastine C. Barrett
Child soldiers remain poorly understood and inadequately protected, despite significant media attention and many policy initiatives. This Research Handbook aims to redress this troubling gap. It offers a reflective, fresh and nuanced review of the complex issue of child soldiering. The Handbook brings together scholars from six continents, diverse experiences, and a broad range of disciplines. Along the way, it unpacks the life-cycle of youth and militarization: from recruitment to demobilization to return to civilian life. The overarching aim of the Handbook is to render the invisible visible – the contributions map the unmapped and chart new directions. Challenging prevailing assumptions and conceptions, the Research Handbook on Child Soldiers focuses on adversity but also capacity: emphasising the resilience, humanity, and potentiality of children affected (rather than ‘afflicted’) by armed conflict.
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- Research Handbook on Child Soldiers
- Preface and acknowledgements
- List of common abbreviations
- Table of select treaties and other international and regional instruments
- Introduction to the Research Handbook on Child Soldiers
- Chapter 1: In search of the lost kingdom of childhood
- Chapter 2: Challenges for the protection of child victims of recruitment and use in an era of complex armed conflicts: the Colombian case
- Chapter 3: The construction of gender in child soldiering in the Special Court for Sierra Leone
- Chapter 4: ‘We were controlled, we were not allowed to express our sexuality, our intimacy was suppressed’: sexual violence experienced by boys
- Chapter 5: Getting Tambo out of limbo: exploring alternative legal frameworks that are more sensitive to the agency of children and young people in armed conflict
- Chapter 6: This Is Belonging: children and British military recruitment
- Chapter 7: Child soldiers in historical and comparative perspective: creating a space for data-driven analysis
- Chapter 8: The voiceless child soldiers of Afghanistan
- Chapter 9: Weaponizing the weak: the role of children in terrorist groups
- Chapter 10: Retracing the journey of child soldiers and looking for the path to return them home: a report from southern Philippines
- Chapter 11: Children born of conflict-related sexual violence within armed groups: a case study of northern Uganda
- Chapter 12: Social reintegration following armed conflict in northern Uganda: how former child soldier young mothers use symbolic resources
- Chapter 13: The regional African legal framework on children: a template for more robust action on children and armed conflict?
- Chapter 14: Minors and miners: accountability beyond child soldiering in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Chapter 15: Crimes committed by child soldiers: an argument for coherence
- Chapter 16: Child soldiers in international courtrooms: unqualified perpetrators, erratic witnesses and irreparable victims?
- Chapter 17: Dominic Ongwen on trial: problematizing definitional boundaries and exploring the possibilities of socialization
- Chapter 18: Child soldiers and asylum – duality or dilemma?
- Chapter 19: Navigating the mystical: child soldiers and reintegration rituals in northern Uganda
- Chapter 20: Child agency and resistance to discourses within the Paris Principles in rehabilitation and reintegration processes of former child soldiers in northern Uganda
- Chapter 21: Children associated with Boko Haram: disassociation, protection, accountability and reintegration
- Chapter 22: Do no harm: how reintegration programmes for former child soldiers can cause unintended harm
- Chapter 23: How to find the ‘hidden’ girl soldier? Two sets of suggestions arising from Liberia
- Beyond ‘the child soldier’: from a recognition of complexity to an ethics of engagement
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Chapter 1: In search of the lost kingdom of childhood
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