Innocent or Criminal? A Sociological study of child soldiers in the Indian context

Utsa Mukherjee


The idea of ‘childhood’ is not only a biological category, but a socially constructed and culturally conditioned notion. The social construction of ‘childhood’ validates certain actions and behaviours of children which are deemed to be acceptable by a particular culture. The paper attempts to understand the cultural politics of ‘childhood’ and to contextualize the issue of child soldiers along the cultural, ideological and political axes. By putting forth sources that acknowledge the presence of child soldiers in the conflict affected regions of India, the paper would probe into the social construction of childhood in the Indian society, and would seek to locate the question of ‘agency’ and ‘innocence’ in those narratives. The paper is an attempt to understand the issue of Indian child soldiers and to link it with the ‘new’ sociology of childhood

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