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Children and Youth on the Front Line : Ethnography, Armed Conflict and Displacement - Jo Boyden

Children and Youth on the Front Line

Ethnography, Armed Conflict and Displacement

By: Jo Boyden (Editor), Joanna De Berry (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9781571818836
Number Of Pages: 304

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War leads not just to widespread death but also to extensive displacement, overwhelming fear, and economic devastation. It weakens social ties, threatens household survival and undermines the family's capacity to care for its most vulnerable members. Every year it kills and maims countless numbers of young people, undermines thousands of others psychologically and deprives many of the economic, educational, health and social opportunities which most of us consider essential for children's effective growth and well being.

Based on detailed ethnographic description and on young people's own accounts, this volume provides insights into children's experiences as both survivors and perpetrators of violence. It focuses on girls who have been exposed to sexual exploitation and abuse, children who head households or are separated from their families, displaced children and young former combatants who are attempting to adjust to their changed circumstances following the cessation of conflict. In this sense, the volume bears witness to the grim effects of warfare and displacement on the young.

Nevertheless, despite the abundant evidence of suffering, it maintains that children are not the passive victims of conflict but engage actively with the conditions of war, an outlook that challenges orthodox research perspectives that rely heavily on medicalized notions of 'victim' and 'trauma.'

"This deeply disturbing but brilliant collection will be a challenge to a burgeoning literature on children in war situations ... [especially] to those who wish to make a black and white distinction between children and adults."
Children, Youth and Environments

Separated children : care and support in contextp. 3
Cultural disruption and the care of infants in post-war Mozambiquep. 23
The sexual vulnerability of adolescent girls during Civil War in Teso, Ugandap. 45
A neglected perspective : adolescent girls' experiences of the Kosovo conflict of 1999p. 63
The use of patriarchal imagery in the Civil War in Mozambique and its implications for the reintegration of child soldiersp. 87
Girls with guns : narrating the experience of war of FRELIMO's 'female detachment'p. 105
Children's impunity and justice : some dilemmas from Northern Ugandap. 130
Children in the grey spaces between war and peace : the uncertain truth of memory actsp. 145
Beyond struggle and aid : children's identities in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Jordanp. 167
Researching young people's experiences of war : participatory methods and the trauma discourse in Angolap. 189
Fluid research fields : studying excombatant youth in the aftermath of the Liberian Civil Warp. 209
Anthropology under fire : ethics, researchers and children in warp. 237
'Where wings take dream' : on children in the work of war and the war of workp. 262
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ISBN: 9781571818836
ISBN-10: 1571818839
Series: Forced Migrations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58