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Tides of Empire
Religion, Development, and Environment in Cambodia
200 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-772-9 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (July 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-773-6 eBook Not Yet Published
“Anyone who wants to grasp village development and ethnoreligious transformations in Cambodia’s post-Khmer Rouge state or see the conceptual gains that have transpired in the comparative study of animism in the last two decades, will want to read this book.” • Lorraine V. Aragon, University of North Carolina
Set at the forested edge of Cambodia’s frontier, this book shares stories and insights from migrants, loggers, and soldiers carving homesteads out of the wilderness. This is where the physical and social infrastructures of global development interact with the local workers. The stories included in this book show the fluid boundaries of social, economic and political classifications in the area, and that the inhabitants’ poverty or wealth reveal the legacy of imperial power.
Courtney Work is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnology at the National Chengchi University. She has published multiple papers on the intersections of religion, traditional practices, and the politics of land, global development, and climate change.
Subject: General Anthropology Development Studies Religion
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Note on Transliteration
Chapter 1. Shaping the Space: Movement, Stories, and Structure
Chapter 2. A Roadology: Intentional Acts of Movement and Transformation
Chapter 3. Neak Ta: Articulating the Boundaries
Chapter 4. The Cham: History, Memory, and Practice
Chapter 5. Merit in Motion: Temple Building and Other Powerful Acts
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