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Childhood DeployedRemaking Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone$
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Susan Shepler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724965

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724965.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Childhood Deployed

Susan Shepler

NYU Press

This introductory chapter briefly documents the postwar endeavors of human rights initiatives in rehabilitating the child soldiers of Sierra Leone. A postwar period has, after all, its own political logic, quite different from that before or during. Child rights are part of the landscape of competing postwar narratives, all partially constitutive of social reality. The way people talk about and frame the war is crucial to understanding how the global child rights discourse is vernacularized in Sierra Leone. As such, the chapter also remarks on how the “child soldier” is produced in practice—partially determined by institutional structures, and partially as a result of children's own strategizing—in various social, historically and geographically situated sites.

Keywords:   Sierra Leone, postwar narratives, child rights, child soldier, social reality, human rights initiatives

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