This panel is focused on youths living in violent contexts who employ non-violent tactical agency in social, political and economic engagements.
Even in the most brutal conflicts, it is not uncommon to find youths who employ non-violent tactical agency as a tool to navigate the precarious environments they live in. Yet, conflict research often ignores this category, focusing instead on violent youths. This panel seeks theoretical and empirical contributions that shed light on the activities of young people who choose non-violent strategies in societies that are experiencing violent conflicts. The panel organizers welcome papers that focus on either individual actors or youth groups. We are particularly interested in papers that are based on empirical data from field research in rural and urban areas in Africa. Papers submitted to this panel should provide answers to the following questions: Why do some youths choose non-violent tactics in violent contexts? How do non-violent youth participate in violent conflicts? How do non-violent youth groups emerge in societies experiencing violent conflicts? What factors sustain non-violent youth groups in societies experiencing violent conflicts?