Children and War: A Global Perspective

  • Johanna Higgs


This chapter explores the varying discourses surrounding child soldiering that up until now, has largely been centred around, humanitarian discourse. I draw on some of the criticisms of this perspective from anthropologists, sociologists and political scientists and show how my thesis is an extension of these critiques. I also look at the varying cultural, political and economic contexts in which children become involved in wars around the world. I argue that due to the varying nature of child recruitment, the specific context in which children are militarised needs to be taken into account.


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  • Johanna Higgs
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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