Children and Youth on the Front Lines: Ethnography, Armed Conflict, and Displacement

Children and Youth on the Front Lines: Ethnography, Armed Conflict, and Displacement

by Joanna de Berry
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571818839

ISBN-13: 9781571818836

Pub. Date: 03/15/2004

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

"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

War leads not just to widespread death but also to extensive displacement, overwhelming fear,

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"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

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.'

Jo Boyden is a senior research officer at the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

Joanna de Berry trained in anthropology at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571818836
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Series:
Studies in Forced Migration
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Separated children : care and support in context3
2Cultural disruption and the care of infants in post-war Mozambique23
3The sexual vulnerability of adolescent girls during Civil War in Teso, Uganda45
4A neglected perspective : adolescent girls' experiences of the Kosovo conflict of 199963
5The use of patriarchal imagery in the Civil War in Mozambique and its implications for the reintegration of child soldiers87
6Girls with guns : narrating the experience of war of FRELIMO's 'female detachment'105
7Children's impunity and justice : some dilemmas from Northern Uganda130
8Children in the grey spaces between war and peace : the uncertain truth of memory acts145
9Beyond struggle and aid : children's identities in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Jordan167
10Researching young people's experiences of war : participatory methods and the trauma discourse in Angola189
11Fluid research fields : studying excombatant youth in the aftermath of the Liberian Civil War209
12Anthropology under fire : ethics, researchers and children in war237
13'Where wings take dream' : on children in the work of war and the war of work262

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