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Tides of Empire: Religion, Development, and Environment in Cambodia

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Volume 10

Asian Anthropologies


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Tides of Empire

Religion, Development, and Environment in Cambodia

Courtney Work

178 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-772-9 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (July 2020)

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Reviews

Tides of Empire is a provocative book that advances long submerged connections among state development, layered religious practices, and ecological or place-making endeavors in Southeast Asia.” • Lorraine V. Aragon, University of North Carolina

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At the forested edge of Cambodia’s development frontier, the infrastructures of global development engulf the land and existing social practices like an incoming tide. Cambodia’s distinctive history of imperial surge and rupture makes it easier to see the remains of earlier tides, which are embedded in the physical landscape, and also floating about in the solidifying boundaries of religious, economic, and political classifications. Using stories from the hybrid population of settler-farmers, loggers, and soldiers, all cutting new social realities from the water and the land, this book illuminates the contradictions and continuities in what the author suggests is the final tide of empire.

Courtney Work is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnology, National Chengchi University. She studied at Cornell University, and 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
Area: Asia



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration

Introduction

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

Conclusion

Glossary of Non-English Terms
References
Index

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