Boyden - Chapter 13
Many shifts occur in the nature of war and the character of childhood.
The patterns of change in both require vigilance and critical
attention. With regard to war, forms that have been established to
define and confine conflict easily fall away; thus the twentieth
century witnessed a proliferation of ''''nontraditional'''' wars. With regard
to shifts in the conceptions of childhood, a similar level of vigilance
is called for as fixed ideas of childhood can obscure children''''s
experiences. Such an idealised view was expressed by G. W. Bush, the
forty-third president of the United States, when, talking about the
importance of families, he said, ''''families is [sic] where our nation
takes hope, where wings take dream'''' (quoted by Mitchell 2000). Children
depend on an ethical attitude that is the basis of sociality and, where
conflict erodes it (as it always does), they become targets and
participants in war.