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Childhood Deployed: Remaking Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone

Susan Shepler


This book examines the reintegration of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone. Based on eighteen months of participant-observer ethnographic fieldwork and ten years of follow-up research, the book argues that there is a fundamental disconnect between the Western idea of the child soldier and the individual lived experiences of the child soldiers of Sierra Leone. It contends that the reintegration of former child soldiers is a political process having to do with changing notions of childhood as one of the central structures of society. For most Westerners the tragedy of the idea of “child soldi ... More

Keywords: child soldiers, Sierra Leone, childhood, lost innocence, family separation, youth education, social reintegration, Western human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814724965
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Shepler, author