Why Do Children Fight? Motivations and the Mode of Recruitment

Book Chapter

Gates, Scott (2011) Why Do Children Fight? Motivations and the Mode of Recruitment, in Özerdem, Alpaslan; & Sukanya Podder, eds, Child Soldiers: from Recruitment to Reintegration. Palgrave Macmillan (29–49).

Why do children join and stay in armed military groups?

The factors that induce a child to join an armed military group are different than the factors that keep an adolescent in such a group. This article examines the organizational mechanisms that affect the recruitment and retention of child soldiers.

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Authors

Scott Gates

Scott Gates

Research Professor. Editor, International Area Studies Review