Assessing the innocence and victimization of child soldiers

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dc.contributor Lanier, Mark
dc.contributor DeRouen, Karl R.
dc.contributor.advisor Lankford, Adam Brons, Kathryn 2017-03-01T16:51:34Z 2017-03-01T16:51:34Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001380
dc.identifier.other Brons_alatus_0004M_11579
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract To date, the majority stance taken by researchers in the field of criminology has been that child soldiers should be treated as innocent victims of war. While there have been some authors who have examined whether this label should be attached to the child, none have firmly taken the minority side in this debate. International law disregards the criminal acts against humanity committed by a child soldier and instead criminalizes the adults who either abducted the child for military duty or allowed the child to willingly volunteer for the armed services. This thesis proposes that many child soldiers are not innocent victims, but they are instead perpetrators of violence. In doing so, definitions of `innocent' and `victim' are called upon to show how many child soldiers are neither of these things and are able to take advantage of the International Criminal Court because of the ambiguity in international law. Labeling theory is used as the theoretical framework for this thesis. By labeling child soldiers as innocent victims, it has an adverse effect that allows child soldiers to continue committing criminal acts.
dc.format.extent 67 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Criminology
dc.title Assessing the innocence and victimization of child soldiers
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Criminal Justice Criminal Justice The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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