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Children and Global Conflict


  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107626980

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  • Over one billion people under the age of eighteen live in territories affected by armed conflict. Despite this, scholars and practitioners often lack a comprehensive knowledge of how children both struggle within and shape conflict zones. Children and Global Conflict provides this understanding with a view to enhancing the prospects of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. This book presents key ideas and issues relating to children's experiences of war, international relations and international law. The authors explore the political, conceptual and moral debates around children in these contexts and offer examples and solutions based on case studies of child soldiers from Vietnam, child forced migrants in Australia, young peace-builders in post-conflict zones, youth in the international justice system, and child advocates across South Asia and the Middle East.

    • Presents the key ideas and pressing issues concerning children and global conflict in a thought-provoking and coherent way
    • Offers innovative perspectives and approaches drawing from a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities and uses case studies from around the world
    • Develops an analytical framework that locates children within IR and its various fields
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an important piece of work and fills what, for a long time, has been a significant gap in the literature - the relationship between children and conflict and the international responses to it. Huynh, D'Costa and Lee-Koo have written a book that students, academics and policymakers should read - and with some urgency.' Ali Watson, University of St Andrews, Scotland

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107626980
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: why children matter to global conflict
    1. Children and armed conflict: mapping the terrain, 2. Children and agency: care-takers, free-rangers and everyday life
    3. Children and international relations: creating spaces for children
    4. The rights of the child: political history, practices and protection
    5. Child soldiers: causes, solutions and cultures
    6. Child forced migrants: biopolitics, autonomy and ambivalence
    7. Children and peacebuilding: propagating peace
    8. Children and justice: past crimes, healing and the future
    9. Who speaks for children: advocacy, activism and resistance

  • Authors

    Kim Huynh, Australian National University, Canberra
    Kim Huynh is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, Canberra. He teaches courses in refugee politics, political philosophy and international relations. He is author of Where the Sea Takes Us (2008), and co-editor with Jim George of The Culture Wars: Australian and American Politics in the 21st Century (2009).

    Bina D'Costa, Australian National University, Canberra
    Bina D'Costa is a fellow with the Research School of Asia and the Pacific (RSAP) and teaches at the Politics and IR program in the School of Culture, History and Languages at the Australian National University. Her publications include Nationbuilding: Gender and War Crimes in the Asia-Pacific (2011) and Gender and Global Politics in the Asia-Pacific, co-edited with Katrina Lee-Koo (2009).

    Katrina Lee-Koo, Monash University, Victoria
    Katrina Lee-Koo is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Australian National University. She teaches and researches in the areas of security studies and the gender/identity politics of conflict and post-conflict zones. She is co-editor of Gender and Global Politics in the Asia-Pacific (2009) with Bina D'Costa.

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