Introduction: The Children of the Las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)

  • Johanna Higgs


This chapter introduces Colombian conflict and explores how it began and some of the key aspects of how children have become involved with the armed groups. It introduces the key concepts of militarisation and lifeworlds which provide the theoretical structure for the book. It also explores the social construction of childhood and how this has been understood in the context of militarisation within the humanitarian literature. Within this chapter, I argue that understandings of child soldiering need to go beyond these humanitarian understandings and look at more culturally relevant, nuanced understandings of why children become involved with war, which is also a central focus of the book.


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  • Johanna Higgs
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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