Research Handbook of Children and Armed Conflict


Research Handbook of Children and Armed Conflict

9781839104800 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Myriam Denov, Canada Research Chair in Children, Families and Armed Conflict, and Full Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, McGill University, Canada and Maya Fennig, Assistant Professor of Social Work, The Bob Shapell School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 83910 480 0 Extent: 306 pp
The Research Handbook of Children and Armed Conflict adeptly explores childrens’ lived realities of armed conflict and its aftermath. Featuring empirical, conceptual and policy analyses alongside moving first-hand accounts of the experiences of war-affected children and youth, it highlights the urgent need for advocacy and action.

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The Research Handbook of Children and Armed Conflict adeptly explores children’s lived realities of armed conflict and its aftermath. Featuring empirical, conceptual and policy analyses, alongside moving first-hand accounts of the experiences of war-affected children and youth, it highlights the urgent need for advocacy and action on this issue.

Boasting state-of-the-art contributions by eminent scholars and practitioners from across the globe, this Research Handbook explores the theoretical, practical and policy issues related to children affected by war. Chapters investigate the profound harms experienced by such children and youth, whether in the heat of conflict, during flight or during resettlement to a new context, underscoring the urgency and high stakes of these situations for children and families affected by war. The Handbook demonstrates that scholarly discussions and debates must ultimately contribute to real-life changes to promote more just and effective immigration legislation, policies, programmes and practices for war-affected children.

Integrating conceptual analyses with concrete policy and political engagement, this incisive Research Handbook will prove essential for scholars, researchers and students interested in war studies, security, refugee studies, forced migration, international development, child protection and post-conflict reconstruction. Its policy and legally oriented chapters will also benefit policymakers, civil servants and international NGOs.
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‘This important and timely book addresses the unimaginable toll of war on children and the urgent need for justice, accountability, and most of all: prevention. This Research Handbook is a vital contribution to the work on children affected by armed conflict.’
– Lieutenant-General (Ret''d) The Honourable Roméo Dallaire, led the UN mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and is founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security

‘This Research Handbook is a must read for everyone interested in the welfare of the more than 500 million children growing up in today’s war zones, and how children’s voices and researcher’s scholarship contribute to more just and effective humanitarian responses and immigration policies.’
– Neil Boothby, University of Notre Dame, US
Contributors include: Bior Leek Ajak, Grace Akello, Jura L. Augustinavicius, Sylvie Bodineau, Myriam Denov, Giorgia Donà, Mark A Drumbl, Maya Fennig, Shoshanna L. Fine, Elaine Kelley, Ulrike Krause, Frédéric Mégret, Lyn Morland, Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Isabella Spano, Rebecca Sutton, Arsema Teame, Angela Veale, Cordula von Denkowski, Michael G. Wessells, Shelly Whitman

“How do we make up for lost time?”: Tackling current questions and
realities of children during and following armed conflict 1
Maya Fennig and Myriam Denov

1 “Days turned into nights, but we just kept on walking” 20
Arsema Teame
2 “What could have been had I not left my family?” Reflections
on war, migration and family separation 29
Bior Leek Ajak

3 Prioritizing prevention: the value of a locally led approach in
supporting conflict-affected children 38
Michael G. Wessells
4 Participatory action research with youth displaced by war:
how youth know, feel and do peace and security 53
Rebecca Sutton
5 Refusing to be victims: child soldiers in the humanitarian world 67
Sylvie Bodineau
6 Stigma and guilt among the children of amnestied
ex-combatants in northern Uganda: implications for
transitional justice 86
Grace Akello

7 ‘They have locked us in’: the impact of liminality and
protracted displacement on the mental health of Eritrean
refugee youth living in Israel 103
Maya Fennig and Myriam Denov
8 Children and parents separated at the U.S. border: a case of
human rights violations in the Global North 123
Lyn Morland and Elaine Kelley
9 Agency, resilience and vulnerability of children in contexts of
conflict-induced displacement 147
Cordula von Denkowski and Ulrike Krause
10 Navigating displacement: trajecto-making among forced
migrant and refugee children and youth 168
Giorgia Donà and Angela Veale

11 Child detention in armed conflict 184
Frédéric Mégret and Isabella Spano
12 The child soldier under international law and policy 200
Mark A. Drumbl
13 Preventing the recruitment and use of children as soldiers:
a perspective on moral injury and the security sector 215
Shelly Whitman
14 Children without parental care in armed conflict settings: right
to family life and alternative care arrangements 232
Mónica Ruiz-Casares
15 Mental health and psychosocial support interventions
for conflict-affected children and adolescents: strategies,
challenges, and recommendations 253
Shoshanna L. Fine and Jura L. Augustinavicius

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