Title Page

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pp. i-iii

Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iv-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-ix

List of Illustrations

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pp. x-x

Terms of References

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xiii-xv

Cambodian women and men told me about their lives, not as testimony, but as dimensional history. Many invited me into their homes...

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Preface

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pp. xvi-xx

There is nothing certain about sources of harm and protection in Cambodia - a landscape with Flying Apsaras, ...

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Introduction: “Under the Lie” in Incomparable Times

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pp. 1-15

Cambodian women and men spoke to me of their group weddings, pregnancies, births, ...

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Chapter 1 The Khmer Rouge Weddings: Forced or Not?

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pp. 16-35

Khmer Rouge leaders assigned some to marriage, while others asked permission to marry someone of their own or a ...

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Chapter 2 Vulnerability Under the Khmer Rouge

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pp. 36-57

Mrs Om was 23-years-old on the day of her wedding in 1977. At the age of 16 during the Lon Nol regime in 1971, she left her village and her parents...

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Chapter 3 Core Rituals for Marriage, Pregnancy, and Birth in Cambodia

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pp. 58-76

Classically, ritual refers to an explicit cultural activity that is transmitted over time and entails daily and/or seasonal activities, with modes of expression connected ...

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Chapter 4 Beyond Testimony: Weddings and Births Unraveled

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pp. 77-111

During my third interview with the Oms, Mr Om asked if I might want to go to the place where he and his wife married...

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Chapter 5 Displaced without Imagination

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pp. 112-128

Imagination can be damaged. For instance, when a child feels afraid, confused or lost, she or he may...

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Chapter 6 Field Diaries: Expose on Cruelty

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pp. 129-137

My field diaries are filled up with pencil sketches, haiku, one-word embossments, photos of my ...

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Chapter 7 Anghar's Potency

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pp. 138-162

The significance of spirit in relation to place and time kept surfacing during my meetings with Cambodians, ...

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Chapter 8 Agentless Victimiser

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pp. 163-172

After my analysis was complete, I searched for scholars who were not socialised into the language and concepts from Trauma, Genocide, or ...

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Chapter 9 Not So Simple: Neither Benign nor Hideous

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pp. 173-184

Throughout the course of my fieldwork, a sense of dread sat underneath Cambodians' portrayal of love and ...

Appendices

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pp. 185-204

Bibliography

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pp. 205-216

Index

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pp. 217-219