Children, Securitization, War and Peace

Children, Securitization, War and Peace : Perspectives from the West

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It is not just in 'failed states' and dictatorships that children become a key target for military recruitment and the politics of national security. The 'securitisation' in western societies today relies equally strongly on the multi-faceted enrolment of children in national and international security politics, and on the figuring of childhood as a phase for the formation of future citizen-soldiers. This book explores the implications of western security politics for children's rights and their citizenship. It focuses on the interplay between a wide range of state-strategies that seek to enrol children in security politics as future citizen soldiers. The book explores the diversity of ways in which children themselves engage with cultures of war and the politics of security and the realities of security in their everyday lives, through participation in militaristic cultures and movements, active participation in anti-war campaigns, pacifist and human rights organisations. This book makes explicit the connections between the recruitment of children to security politics in the USA and Europe to the plight of children in other parts of the world. It draws on, consolidates and develops new perspectives on the governing of childhood and will be of interest to students of childhood studies, conflict studies, international relations, politics, geography, and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 black & white illustrations, 5 black & white tables, 20 black & white halftones
  • 1138923206
  • 9781138923201

About Kathrin Horschelmann

Kathrin Horschelmann, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Durham, more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Children as subjects and agents in the international politics of war and peace Part I: Generational biopolitics: Governing children through and for security politics 2. Citizen-soldiers: Neoliberalism, generational politics and the defence of the new world (dis)order 3. Loyalty, obedience and discipline: the divided politics of militarising education and citizenship 4. Fun, games, adventure: cultures of war in children's everyday lives 5. Fighting fit: producing citizen-soldiers through embodied cultures of war 6. Serve thy country, rescue the world: recruiting children to the reserve army of military labour Part II: Embodied geopolitics and the political agency of children 7. Violations: embodying military conflict, violence and war 8) Dissent and citizenship: children as active agents in global security politics 8. Dissent and citizenship: children as active agents in global security politics Part III: Connected security futures 9. For a feminist alter-geopolitics of careshow more