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The Militarization of Childhood

Thinking Beyond the Global South

  • Editors
  • J. Marshall Beier

About this book


In its various manifestations, the campaign to end child soldiering has brought graphic images of militarized children to popular consciousness. In the main, this has been a campaign that has seemed to speak to African contexts without as much reflection on the myriad ways in which the lives of children are militarized in advanced (post)industrial societies. Proceeding from this quite striking omission, the contributors to this volume move beyond the usual focus on the global South. Making what will be an important contribution to a much needed critical turn in the vast and still rapidly growing child soldier literature, they address multifarious ways in which childhood is militarized beyond the global South through enactments of militarism that have drawn much less in the way of critical inquiry.


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About the authors

J. Marshall Beier holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University, Canada. He has taught in the areas of International Relations Theory, Critical Security Studies, Peace Studies, and International Political Economy. He currently holds the International Relations Theory position in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University at the rank of Associate Professor (tenured) where his duties include both undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision.

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The Militarization of Childhood . . . is insightful and covers ground that one would not normally find in the same collection, such as critiques of international law and child development approaches to parenting, analyses of children's literature, and indepth examinations of internet games and media. In spite of this breadth of coverage, the book is well integrated and quite accessible. Because of its scope, scholars from various fields will no doubt find it highly valuable. This collection is also remarkably timely, particularly given current discussions about gun control in the United States. I recommend it strongly as it invites reflection on the linkages of many factors that come together in visible and less-visible forms of violence in society today. Contemporary Sociology

"Reading The Militarization of Childhood prompts all of us to explore and critique the subtle ways that girls and boys are being militarized - in classrooms, video game shops, and the corridors of the UN. This is a valuable book for anyone trying to make sense of everyday politics." - Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War