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Children, politics and communicationParticipation at the margins$
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Nigel Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421845

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.001.0001

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Displaced children’s participation in political violence: towards greater understanding of mobilisation1

Displaced children’s participation in political violence: towards greater understanding of mobilisation1

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(p.69) Four Displaced children’s participation in political violence: towards greater understanding of mobilisation1
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Children, politics and communication
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Jason Hart

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0005

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

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