CHYS 2P38 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Kony 2012, Social Reproduction, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Children and youth in contractual and social conflict. The iconic child soldier: kidnapped, drugged, forced to commit violent acts that alienate them from their family and community. The child soldier has become the latest category of worthy child to be saved. Post colonial conflicts are different from those of the past, because the targeting of civilians is the preferred strategy. Contractual conflict of the past vs. social conflict of the present. An important function of the (liberal) state is to maintain a monopoly on the use of force; military forces and foreign policy, police and the law. Wells- sub-saharan africa is characterized by neo-patrimonial states in which many interests use force to obtain resources (both material and social) Charles tilley (1985)- war making and state making as organized crime. The modern nation state is the product of competition between warlords and criminal gangs, each trying to monopolize resources.