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Khatharya Um

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804733

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804733.001.0001

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Instrumentality of Terror

Instrumentality of Terror

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From the Land of Shadows

Khatharya Um

NYU Press

This chapter examines the legacies of historical trauma as they register in the Cambodian families and communities, and the individual and collective struggle of survivors to restitch meaning, order, and continuity into their selves and lives. It looks at the self-implicating nature of auto-genocidal violence, the particular nature of the wounds and void engendered by disappearances, and the ramifications for reconciliation and healing. It places analytic focus on the tense relationship between speech and silence, between remembering and forgetting, both as extensions of trauma and as acts of agency and resistance.

Keywords:   historical trauma, silence, remembering and forgetting, resistance, reconciliation

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