Years of Conflict: Adolescence, Political Violence and Displacement

Years of Conflict: Adolescence, Political Violence and Displacement

Paperback Studies in Forced Migration

Edited by Jason Hart


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  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 17mm | 451g
  • Publication date: 25 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1845455290
  • ISBN 13: 9781845455293
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 915,246

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Recent years have witnessed a significant growth of interest in the consequences of political violence and displacement for the young. However, when speaking of childrenA" commentators have often taken the situation of those in early and middle childhood as representative of all young people under eighteen years of age. As a consequence, the specific situation of adolescents negotiating the processes of transition towards social adulthood amidst conditions of violence and displacement is commonly overlooked. Years of Conflict provides a much-needed corrective. Drawing upon perspectives from anthropology, psychology, and media studies as well as the insights of those involved in programmatic interventions, it describes and analyses the experiences of older children facing the challenges of daily life in settings of conflict, post-conflict and refuge. Several authors also reflect upon methodological issues in pursuing research with young people in such settings. The accounts span the globe, taking in Liberia, Afghanistan, South Africa, Peru, Jordan, UK/Western Europe, Eastern Africa, Iran, USA, and Colombia.

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Jason Hart is a Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Preface Jo Boyden Introduction Jason Hart PART I: ADOLESCENCE IN CONTEXT Chapter 1. Reconstructing Adolescence after Displacement: Experience from Eastern Africa Hirut Tefferi Chapter 2. Doing Nothing and Being Good: Social Relationships and Networks of Support among Adolescent Congolese Refugees in Dar es Salaam Gillian Mann Chapter 3. Growing Up in Exile: Psychosocial Challenges Facing Refugee Youth in the United States Kenneth E. Miller, Hallie Kushner, Jill McCall, ZoA" Martell and Madhur Kulkarni PART II: ADOLESCENTS ENGAGING IN POLITICAL VIOLENCE Chapter 4. Political Transition and Youth Violence in Post-apartheid South Africa: In Search of Understanding Andrew Dawes Chapter 5. Abject Heroes: Marginalised Youth, Modernity and Violent Pathways of the Liberian Civil War Mats Utas Chapter 6. UNHCR and the Military Recruitment of Adolescents Hanne Beirens PART III: GENDERED ADOLESCENCE IN EXILE Chapter 7. The Long Road Home: Adolescent Afghan Refugees in Iran Contemplate 'Return' Homa Hoodfar Chapter 8. Dislocated Masculinity: Adolescence and the Palestinian Nation-in-exile Jason Hart PART IV: RESPONDING TO ADOLESCENTS Chapter 9. The Challenges of Programming with Youth in Afghanistan Joanna de Berry Chapter 10. Adolescence and Armed Conflict in Colombia: 'Resilience' as a Construction Emerging within Psychosocial Work Diana Isabel Alvis Palma PART V: RESEARCHING WITH ADOLESCENTS Chapter 11. Participatory Research with War-affected Adolescents and Youth: Lessons Learnt from Fieldwork with Youth Gangs in Ayacucho, Peru Cordula Strocka Chapter 12. The Place to Be? Making Media with Young Refugees Liesbeth de Block Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index