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Children and Violence
Politics of Conflict in South Asia


  • Editor: Bina D'Costa, Australian National University, Canberra
Bina D'Costa, Duncan McDuie-Ra, Elora Halim Chowdhury, Syed Sami Raza, Amarnath Amarasingam, Tanuja Thurairajah, Kabita Chakma, Glen Hill, Swati Parashar, Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Cecilia Jacob, Kazi Fahmida Farzana, Anita Knudsen, Michelle Godwin, Parvez Imroz, Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, Azra Nafees Yousafzai
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  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107117242

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  • Children's diverse experiences during periods of conflict, post-conflict and peacetime reveal that their roles in society and political communities are complex. Based on this premise, this book suggests that understanding children's roles involves a critical analysis of where the child is situated within her/his family, within socio-political networks and within the state. Through examining various case studies in South Asia, a region that is marked as much by its homogeneity as by its immense diversity, the book observes that significant tensions exist between universal and local approaches to childhood. It reflects how the development of international and national discourses on children's rights and protection is relevant to children's everyday lives in situations of conflict.

    • The first in-depth study on children and violence in South Asia, offering detailed analysis of political, economic and social crises in South Asian countries
    • Includes insights from academics, activists and policymakers, making the book relevant for various sectors working on children's issues
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    'This marvelous, impassioned collection of essays allows us a glimpse into the way children in South Asia have become the battlefield where political and social differences are settled and where society's frustrations, anxieties, self-hatred and greed can have full, unfettered play. In one of the most militarized parts of the world, children are the easy targets of psychopathic violence that includes rape, torture, abduction, economic exploitation, [and] forced induction into armies and other armed non-state formations such as smugglers, rebel armies and terrorists. The book is not a pleasant read but it is not easily put-downable either; it is the story of an ancient civilization imploding in front of us.' Ashis Nandy, Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

    'Bina D'Costa's very important volume highlights that children are the most vulnerable group affected by conflicts and violence. Tracing through South Asia, this volume demonstrates that understanding children's experiences and recognising their rights should be central to any conversation about peace building and justice.' Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2014

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107117242
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    Introduction: 'turtles can fly': vicarious terror and the child in South Asia Bina D'Costa
    Part I. Shaping Childhood in South Asia:
    1. Children and civil society in South Asia: subjects, participants, and political agents Duncan McDuie-Ra
    2. 'We will work harder to be our own boss': children, vulnerability and structural violence Elora Halim Chowdhury
    3. The kite runner: children, violence and the ethnic imaginary in Afghanistan Syed Sami Raza
    Part II. Conflict and Violent Peace:
    4. Migration, mobilisation and memory: the Sri Lankan Civil War in the lives of Tamil youth Amarnath Amarasingam and Tanuja Thurairajah
    5. Politics of the orphans of war:
    72 children's journey from the Chittagong hill tracts of Bangladesh to the suburbs of France Kabita Chakma and Glen Hill
    6. Besieged childhood and broken dreams: failed promises of the State and Maoist movement in India Swati Parashar
    7. Impacts of terrorism on children in Pakistan: a case study of displaced children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zahid Shahab Ahmed
    Part III. Rights, Needs and Protection:
    8. Children affected by political violence in India: human rights, politics and protection Cecilia Jacob
    9. Rethinking rights and needs: the everyday life of refugee children in the Borderland Kazi Fahmida Farzana
    10. Pinning down a paper tiger: some practice observations on the monitoring and reporting mechanism in Nepal and Asian contexts Anita Knudsen and Michelle Godwin
    Part IV. Reflections from Human Rights Advocates in the Region:
    11. Being young in a time of conflict: Kashmiri youth and children – a reflection Parvez Imroz
    12. The killing of youths in Sri Lanka: historical wrongs and the failure of the State Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena
    13. The impact of war and violence on young minds Azra Nafees Yousafzai
    Notes on contributors.

  • Editor

    Bina D'Costa, Australian National University, Canberra
    Bina D'Costa is a peace and conflict specialist in the Department of International Relations at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. She focuses on the nexus between development, human rights and security in Asia. Her previous books are: Nationbuilding, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia, Children and Global Conflict, and Gender and the Global Politics of the Asia-Pacific.


    Bina D'Costa, Duncan McDuie-Ra, Elora Halim Chowdhury, Syed Sami Raza, Amarnath Amarasingam, Tanuja Thurairajah, Kabita Chakma, Glen Hill, Swati Parashar, Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Cecilia Jacob, Kazi Fahmida Farzana, Anita Knudsen, Michelle Godwin, Parvez Imroz, Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, Azra Nafees Yousafzai

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