Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rebuilding lives

Eve Zucker's book, Forest of Struggle: Moralities of Remembrance in Upland Cambodia, was released last year and is an intimate portrait of a village community in the highlands of southwest Cambodia as they struggle to rebuild their lives after nearly thirty years of war and genocide. Recovery is a tenuous process as villagers attempt to shape a future while contending with the terrible rupture of the Pol Pot era. The book 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 social and civil society today. Particularly relevant with the Khmer Rouge tribunal in full swing and how communities can recover from what they went through. 256 pages and published by University of Hawaii Press.

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