Recruitment : A critique of contemporary research on child soldiering
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Child soldiering is the reality in several historic and contemporary conflicts, and there are numerous case studies and theories discussing the causes and consequences of this phenomenon. In this paper, I critique three of these theories through a comparison with descriptions of conflicts in Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Uganda and statistical data from the World Bank Databank. I argue more studies need to be conducted, using a mixed methods framework, to grasp the phenomenon more accurately and to allow research to contribute in prevention of future child soldiering.