'Turtles Can Fly': Vicarious Terror and the Child in South Asia

Children and Violence: Politics of Conflict in South Asia

Author/s (editor/s):

Bina D'Costa

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Book chapter

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Cambridge University Press India

Published in Bina D’Costa, ed., Children and Violence: Politics of Conflict in South Asia, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 1-42.

This chapter provides an overview of the wide-ranging scholarship on childhood with a special focus on children’s rights, justice and advocacy. A key question that is explored is how to move beyond the simple binary of children’s passive role and their agency in South Asian politics. While it is adults who wage political violence, children’s participation, recruitment, agency and resourcefulness in these experiences are also very complex. This chapter examines how global norms and agendas influence the politics of childhood in South Asia.

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