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Research Handbook on Child Soldiers

Edited by: Mark A. Drumbl, Jastine C. Barrett

ISBN13: 9781788114479
Published: August 2019
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £205.00

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Although child soldiers have received considerable media and policy attention, they remain poorly understood and inadequately protected. This Research Handbook addresses this troubling gap by offering a reflective and nuanced review of the complex issue of child soldiering, Containing original contributions from leading experts in many disciplines working across six continents, this comprehensive Handbook showcases diverse experiences and unique perspectives. The Handbook unpacks the life-cycle of youth and militarization: from recruitment, to demobilization, and return to civilian life. Challenging prevailing assumptions and conceptions, this uplifting Handbook focuses on the child soldier's capacity to cope with adversity. In so doing, it emphasizes the resilience, humanity and potential of children affected - rather than `afflicted' - by armed conflict.

The Research Handbook on Child Soldiers will be of interest to academics, practitioners and activists alike, with its extensive incorporation of cutting-edge fieldwork and the voices of the children themselves. Promoting equity between generations, this Handbook will also appeal to individuals from many walks of life who are concerned with the rights of the child in times of conflict, peace, and the in-between.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Introduction by Mark A. Drumbl and Jastine C. Barrett
PART I. THE CONCEPT AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHILD SOLDIER 1. In Search of the Lost Kingdom of Childhood Mohamed Kamara 2. Challenges for the Protection of Child Victims of Recruitment and Use in an Era of Complex Armed Conflicts: The Colombian Case Ana Maria Jimenez 3. The Construction of Gender in Child Soldiering in the Special Court for Sierra Leone Valerie Oosterveld 4. 'We Were Controlled, We Were Not Allowed to Express Our Sexuality, Our Intimacy Was Suppressed': Sexual Violence Experienced by Boys Omer Aijazi, Evelyn Amony and Erin Baines 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 Karl Hanson and Christelle Molima 6. This is Belonging: Children and British Military Recruitment Rhys Crilley
PART II. CONDUCT: AGENCY, CAPACITY AND RESILIENCE 7. Child Soldiers in Historical and Comparative Perspective: Creating a Space for Data-Driven Analysis David M. Rosen 8. The Voiceless Child Soldiers of Afghanistan Anicee Van Engeland 9. Weaponizing the Weak: The Role of Children in Terrorist Groups Mia Bloom 10. Retracing the Journey of Child Soldiers and Looking for the Path to Return Them Home: A Report from Southern Philippines David N. Almarez, Ajree D. Malawani, Sittie Akima A. Ali, Princess Mae S. Chua and Primitivo C. Ragandang III 11. Children Born of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence within Armed Groups - A Case Study of Northern Uganda Myriam Denov 12. Social Reintegration Following Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda: How Former Child Soldier Young Mothers Use Symbolic Tools Fiona Shanahan and Angela Veale
PART III. ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LAW 13. The Regional African Legal Framework on Children: A Template for More Robust Action on Children and Armed Conflict? Godfrey Odongo 14. Minors and Miners: Accountability Beyond Child Soldiering in the Democratic Republic of Congo Sharanjeet Parmar and Yann Lebrat 15. Crimes Committed by Child Soldiers: An Argument for Coherence Nikila Kaushik and Steven Freeland 16. Child Soldiers in International Courtrooms: Unqualified Perpetrators, Erratic Witnesses and Irreparable Victims? Barbora Hola and Thijs B. Bouwknegt 17. Dominic Ongwen on Trial: Problematizing Definitional Boundaries and Exploring the Possibilities of Socialization Carse Ramos 18. Child Soldiers and Asylum - Duality or Dilemma? Joseph Rikhof
PART IV. AFTERWORLD(S)/AFTERWARDS: TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND BEYOND 19. Navigating the Mystical: Child Soldiers and Reintegration Rituals in Northern Uganda Jastine C. Barrett 20. Child Agency and Resistance to Discourses within the Paris Principles in Rehabilitation and Reintegration Processes of Former Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda Grace Akello 21. Children Associated with Boko Haram: Disassociation, Protection, Accountability and Reintegration Stuart Casey-Maslen 22. Do No Harm: How Reintegration Programmes for Former Child Soldiers Can Cause Unintended Harm Michael G. Wessells 23. How to Find the 'Hidden' Girl Soldier? Two Sets of Suggestions Arising from Liberia Leena Vastapuu; Epilogue by Nesam McMillan