Love and Dread in Cambodia
Weddings, Births and Ritual Harm under the Khmer Rouge
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: NUS Press Pte Ltd
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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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There is nothing certain about sources of harm and protection in Cambodia - a landscape with Flying Apsaras, ...
Introduction: “Under the Lie” in Incomparable Times
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Cambodian women and men spoke to me of their group weddings, pregnancies, births, ...
Chapter 1 The Khmer Rouge Weddings: Forced or Not?
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Khmer Rouge leaders assigned some to marriage, while others asked permission to marry someone of their own or a ...
Chapter 2 Vulnerability Under the Khmer Rouge
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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...
Chapter 3 Core Rituals for Marriage, Pregnancy, and Birth in Cambodia
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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 ...
Chapter 4 Beyond Testimony: Weddings and Births Unraveled
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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...
Chapter 5 Displaced without Imagination
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Imagination can be damaged. For instance, when a child feels afraid, confused or lost, she or he may...
Chapter 6 Field Diaries: Expose on Cruelty
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My field diaries are filled up with pencil sketches, haiku, one-word embossments, photos of my ...
Chapter 7 Anghar's Potency
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The significance of spirit in relation to place and time kept surfacing during my meetings with Cambodians, ...
Chapter 8 Agentless Victimiser
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After my analysis was complete, I searched for scholars who were not socialised into the language and concepts from Trauma, Genocide, or ...
Chapter 9 Not So Simple: Neither Benign nor Hideous
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Throughout the course of my fieldwork, a sense of dread sat underneath Cambodians' portrayal of love and ...
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Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 21 images
Publication Year: 2010