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The child soldier in North-South relations

The child soldier in North-South relations

Macmillan, Lorraine ORCID: 0000-0003-4850-2838 (2009) The child soldier in North-South relations. International Political Sociology, 3 (1). pp. 36-52. ISSN 1749-5679 (Print), 1749-5687 (Online) (doi:

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This paper critiques the hegemonic constructions of child soldiers to be found in civil society and Anglophone media accounts. Close examination of these texts reveals that the discourse mirrors Anglophone imaginaries and preoccupations over childhood rather than the distinctive concerns of child soldiers themselves. It claims that the discourse accomplishes considerable political work in buttressing the international order between the global North and South. Furthermore, it asserts that the discourse operates as a site where wider Anglophone fears over the functioning of its personal, “private” sphere can be rehearsed and disciplined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, child soldiers, international relations, global North-South relations, post-colonialism, constructivism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Applied Sociology Research (CASR)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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