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- DescriptionThe Second and Third Indochina Wars are the subject of important ongoing scholarship, but there has been little research on the lasting impact of wartime violence on local societies and populations, in Vietnam as well as in Laos and Cambodia. Today's Lao, Vietnamese and Cambodian landscapes bear the imprint of competing violent ideologies and their perilous material manifestations. From battlefields and massively bombed terrain to reeducation camps and resettled villages, the past lingers on in the physical environment. The nine essays in this volume discuss post-conflict landscapes as contested spaces imbued with memory-work conveying differing interpretations of the recent past, expressed through material (even, monumental) objects, ritual performances, and oral narratives (or silences). While Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese landscapes are filled with tenacious traces of a violent past, creating an unsolicited and malevolent sense of place among their inhabitants, they can in turn be transformed by actions of resilient and resourceful local communities.
- Author BiographyVatthana Pholsena is a Research Fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Singapore representative for the Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC). Oliver Tappe is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.
- PublisherNUS Press
- Date of Publication30/08/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationSingapore
- Country of PublicationSingapore
- ImprintNUS Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight408 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byOliver Tappe,Vatthana Pholsena
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