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Folkmord som kulturarv eller kulturarv som folkmord. En studie av Kambodjas mörka kulturarv
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Genocide as a culture heritage - Case study of Cambodia's dark heritage (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines how the genocide in Cambodia is transformed to a culture heritage, based on the issues:

When does genocide become a culture heritage, how is the genocide portrayed as a culture heritage and for whom and why is such a heritage displayed. Sources for this study have been documents from the Document Center of Cambodia, and other relevant sources accessible from Sweden. The theories in this essay are based on reconciliation, dealing with trauma and theories about culture heritage and the use of history. The essays also addresses the need for reconciliation in Cambodia and how the culture heritage can be used to achieve this. When Vietnam took power in Cambodia proof of Khmer Rouge brutalities was used to uphold the legality of the takeover and the museum of Toul Sleng was opened to the general public. The role of The Document Center of Cambodia are examined and explained, as well as the musuem of Toul Sleng and the mass graves known as the Killing Fields. It is concluded that the work to transform the genocide to a culture heritage was started at an early stage. Economic reasons helped push this development forward after the independence, when tourism started to flourish. Today the power over the heritage is in the hands of The Document Center of Cambodia, which aspires to facilitate the reconciliation process in Cambodia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 70 p.
, Uppsatser inom musei- & kulturvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6079
Keyword [en]
Culture heritage, Genocide, Reconciliation, Killing fields, Museum, Tourism
Keyword [sv]
Kulturarv, folkbord, försoning, massgravar, museum, minnesmonument, turism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136695Local ID: 1msOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136695DiVA: diva2:377388
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-14 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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