Integration or separation? : The stigmatization of ex-combatants after war
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Ex-combatant reintegration programs are buttressed by a number of problematic assumptions about ex-combatants themselves; namely, that ex-combatants should not receive long-term support because such assistance would amplify the threat they pose to security and exacerbate community resentment towards them. The article uses data collected from Liberia to demonstrate that such thinking stigmatizes ex-combatants and works against the objective of reintegration: it disrupts integration into the everyday social, economic, and political life of the post-conflict state and aims instead to render ex-combatants separate from communities. Integration will remain elusive unless assumptions about ex-combatants as program beneficiaries are challenged.
McMullin , J R 2013 , ' Integration or separation? The stigmatization of ex-combatants after war ' Review of International Studies , vol. 39 , no. 2 , pp. 385-414 . DOI: 10.1017/S0260210512000228
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