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We are all afraid of the dogs: Fear as a lifestyle in post-genocide Phnom Penh
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is based on ethnographic research gathered in Phnom Penh during the fall of 2017 and built upon informant interviews and current events to illustrate the permeation of fear into the post-genocide social landscape.  Fear is framed as a metanarrative and collective phenomena and is lived as a lifestyle. It goes beyond simply emotion to something productive.  It lurks behind all parts of the social landscape, presented in ‘formal social aspects’ and ‘informal social aspects.’  This thesis presents formal or infrastructural aspects of society through narratives surrounding politics, economics, healthcare, and education.  The second section of the material presents social or informal aspects of society: demonstrations, media, social media, and art.  The permeation of fear in all of these aspects of life are being communicated in warnings and a hegemonic recreation of the fear itself.  Fear as a lifestyle hegemonically recreates the threat that limits forms of expression and oppression in an age of autocracy.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Cambodia, Post-genocide, Fear, Lifestyle, Ethnography, Genocide Studies
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Cultural Studies History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-352498OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-352498DiVA, id: diva2:1213641
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2018-06-01, 10:28 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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