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Love and Dread in Cambodia
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For a decade, the author followed Cambodian men and women to former wedding and birth sites from the Khmer Rouge period (1975-79), filming their return to these locations. In the process she uncovered evidence of the way severe dislocation, induced starvation and other murderous activities paved the way for reconstructed communes. Group marriages, along with prescriptions for sex, pregnancies and births, were a central feature of the remaking of Cambodian society and contributed to the dissolution of the country's ritual practices. This "ritualcide" caused a massive loss of spirit-protective places, objects,and arbitrators, and had a traumatic impact on Khmer socity. Group marriages did, however, give spouses a reprieve from further dislocation. Approaching the phenomenon as an ethno-psychologist, LeVine argues that suffering was intensified by ritual tampering on the part of the Khmer Rouge. Such disruptions did not end in 1979, however, since Euro-American perspectives on trauma and reconcilation have also failed to accept spirit respect as a normative feature of Cambodian life.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. x-x
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  1. Terms of References
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvi-xx
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  1. Introduction: “Under the Lie” in Incomparable Times
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Chapter 1 The Khmer Rouge Weddings: Forced or Not?
  2. pp. 16-35
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  1. Chapter 2 Vulnerability Under the Khmer Rouge
  2. pp. 36-57
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  1. Chapter 3 Core Rituals for Marriage, Pregnancy, and Birth in Cambodia
  2. pp. 58-76
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  1. Chapter 4 Beyond Testimony: Weddings and Births Unraveled
  2. pp. 77-111
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  1. Chapter 5 Displaced without Imagination
  2. pp. 112-128
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  1. Chapter 6 Field Diaries: Expose on Cruelty
  2. pp. 129-137
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  1. Chapter 7 Anghar's Potency
  2. pp. 138-162
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  1. Chapter 8 Agentless Victimiser
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. Chapter 9 Not So Simple: Neither Benign nor Hideous
  2. pp. 173-184
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 185-204
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 205-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-219
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