Violence and armed conflict have become common place in the lives of many children around the world. Armed conflict can have sever immaterial impact. The research question of this proposal is then also; how does an armed conflict influence a child’s level of social capital? Moreover, what is the role of the armed groups in influencing a child’s level of social capital? The current literature on this potential link features some caveats. First, it focuses on of adults. This despite the fact that there is evidence suggesting that the effect of conflict is disproportional large on children. Second, they have ignored the role of armed groups. Armed conflict can lead to a social integration in a new social fabric: the war family i.e. the armed group. This might substitute the potential loss of social capital. To test the linkage between war exposure and social capital among children, I select the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this country, 300 semi-structured interviews will be conducted with not only former child soldiers but also with other war-affected children.
Democratic Republic of Kongo