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Interactions with a Violent Past

Reading Post-Conflict Landscapes in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

Dirigé par Vatthana Pholsena & Oliver Tappe
NUS Press-Irasec, Singapour, août 2013, XII-300 p.
ISBN : 978-9971-69-701-3
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The 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.





Foreword by Rémy Madinier (CNRS)




1 - Politics of a Piece of Cloth
2 - Prophetic Jilbab
3 - Chapter Outline


Chapter 1 - Narratives of Tudung, Kerudung and Jilbab

1 - Historical Account
2 - The Price of Intergenerational Freedom


Chapter 2 - Contemporary Veiling and Political Gimmickry

1 - Celebrating Identity Politics: Cosmetic and Political Gimmickry
2 - Negotiating Women’s Multiple Burdens
3 - Servility and Obedience: The Ugly Side of Polygamy
4 - Plastic Surgery and Hysteria


Chapter 3 - Corporeal Market and Discourse of the Private

1 - Corporeal Market: Solemnity versus Banality
2 - Under the Shadow of the Male Governor
3 - The Personal is Political: New Social Media and the Discourse of the Private
4 - Narrative of Manipulation of a Piece of Cloth
5 - Can Waria Wear the Jilbab?  Under the Rites of Heteronormativity


Chapter 4 - Cacophony of Sensuality and the Changing Meaning of Sexuality

1 - Changing Notions of Sensuality
2 - Sexuality and Women’s Skin
3 - Intimate Photos and Adulation of Self




Vatthana 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.