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Conflict, Violence and Peace

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Part of the book series: Geographies of Children and Young People (GCYP, volume 11)

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Table of contents (23 entries)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Constructing and Deconstructing Child Soldier Narratives

    • Helen Brocklehurst, Krijn Peters
    Pages 71-87
  3. Street Children and Everyday Violence

    • Dena Aufseeser
    Pages 109-127
  4. Youth Reintegration, Power, and Okada Riding in Post-war Sierra Leone

    • Andie Buccitelli, Myriam Denov
    Pages 129-148
  5. Kids Coping in Congo

    • Claudia Seymour
    Pages 149-168
  6. Young People’s Recovery in Eastern Sri Lanka: From War to Postwar and Beyond

    • Fazeeha Azmi, Cathrine Brun, Ragnhild Lund
    Pages 169-186
  7. Researching Spaces of Violence Through Family

    • Christopher Harker
    Pages 253-268

About this book

This book broadens debates on violence, conflict and peace by examining the crucial role played by children and youth. Recent social, political and geographical research has demonstrated that children and youth are deeply impacted by war and violence and that, despite strong cultural assumptions about children’s needs for protection, their wellbeing continues to be an afterthought rather than a central concern of global politics. Children and youth have also been shown to be more than just passive victims of violence. They are multiply enrolled in conflict as well as in the politics of reconciliation and peace.

The handbook illustrates these complexities through a wide range of chapters that review key literatures on the topic from geographical perspectives and in diverse global contexts. Demonstrating the centrality of space for children and youth’s positioning within, and responses to, violence and conflict, the chapters engage with novel conceptual approaches and up-to-date empirical research to develop nuanced understandings of different forms of violence in relation to global and local topographies of power and young people’s subjectivities and agencies. While offering rich insights into context-specific dynamics, similarities and connections are also outlined between children and youth in the majority and minority world.


  • Cultural geography
  • Development geography
  • Emotional and affective geography
  • Feminist geography
  • Formation of geographies of children and young peoples
  • childhood studies

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

    Christopher Harker

  • Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany

    Kathrin Hörschelmann

About the editors

Christopher Harker received his PhD from University of British Columbia, Canada in 2009 and now works in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK. His work examines the practice and politics of everyday life in the Occupied West Bank. His previous research examined the assembling of place through home-making, mobility and family. His current project, ‘Families and Cities’, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, explores how the recent and rapid growth of debt in Palestine have enabled and undermined contemporary forms of endurance in the city of Ramallah. His future research seeks to develop a broader account of the spatiality of debt through comparative research. As part of this process, he has recently launched the Financing Prosperity Network, in collaboration with the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL. He has published widely, including in the journals Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Geoforum and Children’s Geographies. He is currently writing a monograph based on his most recent research, tentatively titled ‘Debt Space: obligations and endurance in Ramallah, Palestine’.

Kathrin Hörschelmann is a Research Associate at the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig (IfL), Germany, whose work focuses on post-socialist transformations, geographies of (in)security,  critical geopolitics, the political and cultural geographies of children and youth, gender, transnational identities and social inequalities. Prior to taking up her position in Leipzig, she worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Durham (UK) and Plymouth (UK). She is currently conducting IfL-funded research on the ‘New Regional Geographies of (In)security in the Common House of Europe’, and coordinating a work-package-lead in the EU-Horizon2020 funded project “NATURVATION”, where her work focuses on participatory processes and governance trajectories for sustainable cities. She is further contributing to an EU-Horizon2020 funded project on “Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe” (IMAJINE) and supervising research in the Leibniz-Association funded Campus on “Eastern Europe as a Global Area”. Dr. Hörschelmann’s publications include a co-authored monograph on “Children, Youth and the City” (Routledge), co-edited collections on “Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth” (Palgrave), “Spaces of Masculinity” (Routledge), “Socialist and Postsocialist Mobilities. Societies on the Move” (Palgrave), “Public Spheres after Socialism” (Intellect) and numerous articles in international journals such as Political Geography, Geopolitics, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning A and Children’s Geographies. She is also currently writing a research-monography on “Children in War and Peace – Perspectives from the West” for Routledge and co-editing special issues on youth inclusion, young people’s landscapes of (in)security and security and peripherality for the journals Area, Social and Cultural Geography and Geopolitics.

Tracey Skelton is Associate Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. She was previously Professor of Critical Geographies at the University of Loughborough in the UK. The essential elements of her research career focus on people who are socially, politically, and intellectually excluded. Her early work focused on the Caribbean and issues of gender and racial inequality, feminist geographies, and methodological analysis. She has contributed to culture and development debates, particularly through her longitudinal research on the island of Montserrat. Recently, A/P Skelton returned to this field of scholarship through research with volunteers and host organizations in Cambodia as part of a major comparative and collaborative project on development partnerships. She was the principal investigator of a major comparative urbanism research project on the livability, sustainability, and diversity of four Asian cities: Busan in South Korea, Hyderabad in India, Kunming in China, and Singapore.

A/P Skelton is a recognized international leader in the subdiscipline of children’s and young people’s geographies. In particular, her work has served to challenge the invisibility and marginalization of young people from geographic academic research at the same time as it has demonstrated the rich and varied ways in which young people live their lives both spatially and temporally alongside, but differently from, adults. Her research work has been funded by key research institutions such as the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK; the Faculty of Arts and Social Science Academic Research Fund and the Global Asia Institute, both of the National University of Singapore; the Australian Research Council; and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

A/P Skelton was a founding editorial board member of the international journal Children’s Geographies and has been the Viewpoints Editor since 2005 and became the Commissioning Editor for Asia in 2010. She is on the editorial boards of the following journals: Geoforum, the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Geography Compass, and ACME: International Journal of Critical Geographies (open access). She has coauthored 2 books, edited 3 collections, guest-edited 2 special journal issues, and published more than 70 journal articles and chapters. She is a passionate teacher and graduate supervisor. She is committed to the politics of research dissemination in accessible formats, in particular to enable the participants in her research projects to understand and recognize their coproduction of knowledge whether through specialized small-scale workshops, translation of reports into local languages, or production of audiovisual materials.

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