Horror and hope: (re)presenting militarised children in global North-South relations

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2011

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Lee-Koo, Katrina

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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This article examines the (re)presentations of militarised children in contemporary global politics. In particular, it looks at the iconic image of the 21st century's child soldier, the subject of which is constructed as a menacing yet pitiable product of the so-called new wars of the global South. Yet this familiar image is a small, one-dimensional and selective (re)presentation of the issues facing children who are associated with conflict and militarism. In this sense it is a problematic focal point for analysing the insecurity and human rights of children in and around conflict. Instead, this article argues that the image of the child soldier asserts an important influence in its effect upon global North-South relations. It demonstrates how the image of the child soldier can assist in constructing knowledge about the global South, and the global North's obligations to it, either through programmes of humanitarianism, or through war.

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Keywords: global perspective; human rights; international relations; North-South relations; political discourse; political geography; war; article; child; child behavior; child development; child welfare; civil defense; economics; education; ethnology; history; hum

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Third World Quarterly

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Journal article

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10.1080/01436597.2011.567005

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