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Buy and Download Description Conflict and displacement tend to encourage a discourse of monolithic and bounded identities. This may be especially true in the case of the young. As children's lives and bodies become objects for both political debate and humanitarian intervention, so the most immediate, most apparently pertinent or most expedient characteristic is taken up and stressed as singularly important. Young Hutu refugees in Tanzania, Bhutanese children in Nepal and Palestinians in Jordan are rendered as little more than that. The rhetoric of political leaders and of international humanitarian agencies engaged with refugee children tends to give scant consideration to difference between individuals within the same group. Thus, the age, gender, social class, personal history, religious faith, political views, and so on, of individual children are rendered irrelevant within discourses which suggest that a single dimension - be it ethnicity, nationality or the simple fact of being a refugee - overwhelmingly determines their experiences, values and aspirations. Inevitably, prevalent views about the universality of childhood itself also militate against the contemplation of difference (Archard 1990; Boyden 1997; Jenks 1996; Woodhead 1997). Conflict and displacement tend to encourage a discourse of monolithic and bounded identities. This may be especially true in the case of the young. As children's lives and bodies become objects for both political debate and humanitarian interventi
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