Militarized Youth

The Children of the FARC

Authors: Higgs, Johanna

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  • Provides insight into the child soldiering with a specific focus on children in Colombia, an under-studied group of militarized children
  • Brings together in-depth interviews with ethnographic fieldwork in an active conflict zone, demobilization centre, and throughout Colombia
  • Presents the case for more nuanced and culturally embedded research in anthropology, sociology, psychology, politics, and beyond
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Based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews from across Colombia—including former child guerillas, former hostages of the guerilla organization, mothers of child soldiers, and humanitarian aid workers— this volume explores the experiences of children involved with the Colombian guerilla group the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc). Going beyond the predominant humanitarian perspectives on child soldiers, Johanna Higgs delves into the specific social and cultural aspects of the Colombian conflict to give a contextualized, culturally relevant understanding of the processes of both militarization and demobilization of children, deploying the theoretical lens of “lifeworlds.” In so doing, Higgs not only provides insight into children’s involvement in conflict in Colombia, but presents a clear case for a move away from homogenized understandings of “child soldiers,” thus far dominated by viewpoints from industrialized Western nations. Tying together perspectives from anthropology, sociology, psychology, politics, and international development, Higgs provides not only a much-needed examination of how children are militarized, soldiering in the Farc context, and demilitarization, but also a blueprint for how research can be tied to specific cultural contexts.

About the authors

Johanna Higgs, Ph.D., is an anthropologist studying childhood, children in conflict, and women’s rights around the world. She is the founder of Project Monma, an organization that which advocates for women’s rights, and she has published numerous articles related to women’s rights worldwide in such venues as Pass Blue, Independent Australia, the Huffington Post and Morocco World News.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Children of the Las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)

    Pages 1-9

    Higgs, Johanna

  • Children and War: A Global Perspective

    Pages 11-44

    Higgs, Johanna

  • Entering the Field

    Pages 45-71

    Higgs, Johanna

  • The Lifeworld

    Pages 73-104

    Higgs, Johanna

  • The Militarised Lifeworlds of Children in Colombia

    Pages 105-135

    Higgs, Johanna

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Softcover 26,74 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Militarized Youth
Book Subtitle
The Children of the FARC
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23686-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23686-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-23685-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 233
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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