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Post-Liberal Peace TransitionsBetween Peace Formation and State Formation$
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Oliver P. Richmond and Sandra Pogodda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402170

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402170.001.0001

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Local Spaces for Peace in Cambodia?

Local Spaces for Peace in Cambodia?

(p.160) 8 Local Spaces for Peace in Cambodia?
Post-Liberal Peace Transitions

Eng Netra

Caroline Hughes

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the case of Cambodia. Local agency is evident in efforts by Cambodian people to cope with the immensity of the events overwhelming them. For example, much initial restoration of basic infrastructure and rudimentary services, after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, was the result of local agency as much as central direction. Nevertheless, throughout postcolonial Cambodian history, Cambodian governance has been characterised by high levels of surveillance and repression. This has been accompanied by an explicit concern by elites to manipulate ideas of the Cambodian tradition into a politics of populist authenticity that significantly affects possibilities for emancipatory forms of peace formation. The chapter then examines two areas: the reform of village-level political structures and the restoration of Buddhist rituals.

Keywords:   Cambodia, local agency, Cambodian people, Khmer Rouge, Cambodian governance, surveillance, repression, Cambodian tradition, village-level political structures, Buddhist rituals

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