Forest of Struggle: Moralities of Remembrance in Upland Cambodia (Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory)

  • Publish Date: 2013-04-30
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Eve Zucker

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In a village community in the highlands of Cambodia's Southwest, recovery is a tenuous process as villagers attempt to shape a future while contending with the terrible rupture of the Pol Pot era. Forest of Struggle tracks the fragile progress of restoring the bonds of community in O'Thmaa and its environs, the site of a Khmer Rouge base and battlefield for nearly three decades between 1970 and 1998. Events had a devastating effect on the social and moral order at the time and continue to impair the remaking of sociality and civil society today, impacting villagers' responses to changes in recent years. This book offers a compelling case study that is relevant to anyone interested in post-conflict recovery, social memory, the anthropology of morality and violence, and Cambodia studies.

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