03 Mar New publication: ‘Walking a thin line: Taking children’s decision to marry seriously?’
New open access publication by PhD researcher Hoko Horii in the journal Childhood (Sage Journals): ‘Walking a thin line: Taking children’s decision to marry seriously?’
This article provides empirical evidence on children’s agency and capacity in making the decision to marry. Case studies from my fieldwork in Bali contrast the commonly represented image of child marriage as a forced marriage, by demonstrating that in many cases children themselves make the decision to marry. However, considering social power dynamics, is such a decision really the child’s? The analysis shows that the current international child marriage framework fails to walk the thin line between empowerment and protection of children. Policies instead should be designed to encourage their participation in decision making and stimulate their resilience in their life after marriage.