Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond by Charli Carpenter

Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond

byCharli Carpenter

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2010

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Sexual violence and exploitation occur in many conflict zones, and the children born of such acts face discrimination, stigma, and infanticide. Yet the massive transnational network of organizations working to protect war-affected children has, for two decades, remained curiously silent on the needs of this vulnerable population.

Focusing specifically on the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina, R. Charli Carpenter questions the framing of atrocity by human rights organizations and the limitations these narratives impose on their response. She finds that human rights groups set their agendas according to certain grievances-the claims of female rape victims or the complaints of aggrieved minorities, for example-and that these concerns can overshadow the needs of others. Incorporating her research into a host of other conflict zones, Carpenter shows that the social construction of rights claims is contingent upon the social construction of wrongs. According to Carpenter, this pathology prevents the full protection of children born of war.

R. Charli Carpenter is assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, specializing in international relations, gender and political violence, transnational advocacy networks, human rights, and the laws of war. She is the author of Innocent Women and Children: Gender, Norms, and the Protection of ...
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Title:Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights Agenda in Bosnia and BeyondFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231522304

ISBN - 13:9780231522304

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Forgetting Children Born of War is an intellectually sophisticated and critical examination of the ways in which children born of war have been neglected in global discourses on children and armed conflict and by human rights advocacy organizations. The book deftly navigates the complexity of children's human rights in international relations in a way that represents a rare blend of intellectual rigor and deep compassion for its subjects, without manipulating the emotionalism of the topic. R. Charli Carpenter's book provides both a rich and detailed empirical analysis of children born of war and makes significant theoretical contributions to international relations, especially to constructivist international relations theorizing. It should be read widely by scholars and practitioners.