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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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Learning “Child Soldier” across Contexts

Learning “Child Soldier” across Contexts

(p.81) 3 Learning “Child Soldier” across Contexts
Childhood Deployed

Susan Shepler

NYU Press

This chapter shows how Western models and NGO practices of reintegration broke down as a result of the maneuverings of individuals who participated in it in unanticipated and unintended ways that both helped and hindered their “reintegration.” Generally, rather than one predetermined circuit from normal life, to the bush, through an Interim Care Center (ICC) and back to normal life, it was possible for individual children to move from any state to any other. Throughout this process the identity “child soldier” became useful in a number of ways. “Child soldier” is made in and around institutions in multiple and sometimes contradictory ways. The ideological underpinnings of these institutions is a Western, individualistic framework, yet the actual effects are to be found in Sierra Leoneans interacting with (making and remaking) the institutions; that is, the effects are in social practice.

Keywords:   Western framework, reintegration, child soldier, Interim Care Center, NGO practices

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