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    Children’s experiences of sexual violence, psychological trauma, death, and injury in war

    Wells, Karen (2017) Children’s experiences of sexual violence, psychological trauma, death, and injury in war. In: Harker, C. and Horschelmann, K. (eds.) Conflict, Violence, and Peace. Geographies of Children and Young People 11. Berlin, Germany: Springer, pp. 19-34. ISBN 9789812870377.

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    This chapter argues for a research agenda on war-affected children focused on how the specificity of children’s bodies impacts on their experiences of sexual violence, psychological trauma and exposure to injury and disease. It claims that children’s geographies have paid little attention to the impacts of war on children and youth. In general the focus of childhood studies, and child protection policy on children in war has been on child soldiers. This obscures the wider impacts of war that many more children are subject to than those who join who are forced into the armed forces, whether militias or government forces. Psychology and the health sciences have led the investigation of the impacts of sexual violence, psychological trauma, death and injury on children and young people. This chapter argues that children’s geographies has an important contribution to make in researching how the spaces of childhood (especially children’s bodies) shape children’s experiences of war, and in connecting the scale of the body with the scale of national and international political economy.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): War-affected children, Sexual violence, PTSD, Rape, War casualties
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Karen Wells
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 12:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:22


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